Doctor of Science (SD)

Tuition Assessment

Tuition assessment is calculated by adding the total number of terms that a student has been billed in a particular enrollment status (part-time or full-time).

Full-time students are billed four semesters at the full-time rate, two semesters at the full-time reduced rate, and all subsequent semesters at the facilities fee (up to and including the semester of graduation).

Part-time students are billed eight semesters at the part-time rate, four semesters at the part-time reduced rate, and all subsequent semesters at the facilities fee (up to and including the semester of graduation).

Students approved to take one or more classes during a summer semester will incur no charges during the summer.

Non-residents are required to pay the appropriate non-resident tuition to maintain their status as a degree candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Accumulation of tuition paid by non-resident SD students will not be credited toward the two-year, full-time and one-year, full-time reduced tuition payment requirement. The non-resident tuition covers periodic consultation with the student’s SD advisor and research committee, but does not provide for the use of Harvard facilities. Students who are considering non-resident part-time status and who are receiving financial aid should first contact the School’s Office of Financial Aid (OFA) to discuss whether funding will be jeopardized.

Non-resident students must complete payment of the required two years of full-time tuition and one year of reduced SD tuition before paying the non-resident status fee.

In addition to meeting academic requirements, students must meet the School’s financial requirements. Students must pay the appropriate amount of tuition to receive a degree.

SD students are required to pay two years of full-time tuition and one year of full-time reduced tuition or its part-time equivalent. Please refer to the Doctor of Science Student Information page for more information about graduation requirements, including the bound dissertation fee. 

SD students who have paid tuition to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health prior to enrolling in their program

 For a student in a SD degree program, tuition credit may be applied as follows:

  • A one year Masters recipient will earn an equivalent of one year full-time tuition rate.
  • A two year Masters recipient will earn an equivalent of two years full-time tuition rate, therefore billing will begin at full-time reduced rate.
  • This applies if the tuition was paid in full to the School, and if the courses taken were within the preceding five years of matriculating into the SD program.

For a prior Harvard Chan non-degree student in a SD degree program, tuition credit may be applied as follows:

  • Less then 10 credits earned will not receive a tuition credit.
  • Between 10 and 19.99 credits will receive an equivalent of one semester’s part-time tuition rate.
  • 20 credits or more earned will receive an equivalent of one semester’s full-time tuition rate.

This applies if the tuition was paid in full to the School, and if the courses taken were within the preceding five years of matriculating in a degree program. For the credit to be applied, all affiliate-status students listed above must file a General Petition with the Registrar’s Office requesting that the academic and tuition credits be applied into the SD program.