Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement is fulfilled by the payment of two years of full-time tuition and one year of full-time reduced tuition or the part-time equivalent tuition, as well as by the pursuit of an academic program approved by the department or concentration and by the Committee on Admissions and Degrees.

Students who have received a one-year master’s degree (SM or MPH) from HSPH within five years of enrolling in a doctoral program will be assessed one year full-time tuition and one year doctoral full-time reduced tuition.

Students who have received a two-year Master of Science degree from HSPH within five years of enrolling in a doctoral program will be assessed one year of full-time reduced doctoral tuition.

Students who have received an MPH degree and a Master of Science one-year degree from HSPH within five years of enrolling in a doctoral program will be assessed one year of full-time reduced doctoral tuition.

After these tuition requirements have been met, students will be assessed one of the following fees:

Facilities Fees. This tuition and fees amount will be assessed to all resident students once they have met the residency requirements and until they successfully defend the dissertation.

Dissertation Defense Fee. This tuition and fee amount will be assessed in the semester in which the doctoral dissertation is submitted by the student, approved by the department and the CAD, and the degree is voted by the faculty and the Governing Board.

A student who defends and submits a dissertation after the deadline for a degree granting period will be assessed the Dissertation Defense Fee the following semester and will be awarded a degree in the next degree granting period. Accordingly, a student defending in late June and submitting the dissertation then will be eligible for the November degree.

The example below illustrates the charges assessed to a fifth-year doctoral student (normally charged the facilities fee in the spring semester) who successfully defends and submits a bound dissertation to the Registrar in the spring semester.

Spring Facilities Fee
$2,425.00
Adjustment (credit)
- $ 285.00
Total Tuition Dissertation Defense Fee
$2,140.00

If a student defends and submits a dissertation before the degree-granting deadline of a semester in which a student is paying full-time reduced tuition, then the student will not be charged the dissertation defense fee.