Master of Science Programs

The information in this section pertains to students in the Master of Science (SM) Programs only.

Committee on Admissions and Degrees
The Committee on Admissions and Degrees is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all students at the School. Petitions and forms submitted during the course of study are reviewed by the committee.

Liaisons to the Committee on Admissions and Degrees:
Registrar’s Office, 617-432-1032
Master of Science (Academic Year; 42.5-, 60-, and 80-credit)                  Sabrina Taileb-Houmel
Master of Science (Summer Focused; 42.5-credit)                                          Sabrina Taileb-Houmel
Committee Chair                                                                                                              Paul Catalano

Master of Science Information
The SM is a 42.5-credit, 60-credit, or 80-credit program that students may complete on a full- or part-time basis. All students must complete School-wide core requirements and required courses in their program. Additionally, all students may be required to complete a thesis, in accordance with the guidelines of the various fields of specialization.

SM students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the School-wide biostatistics and epidemiology core requirements
  • Complete an Introduction to Public Health course as detailed by their department/program
  • Meet departmental course requirements
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.70 or better
  • Complete at least half of total earned credits at the Harvard Chan School
  • Complete the full amount of credits required for each degree program:
    • Complete a minimum of 30 ordinal credits for the 42.5-credit program
    • Complete a minimum of 45 ordinal credits for the 60-credit program
    • Complete a minimum of 60 ordinal credits for the 80-credit program

Students in the SM program are enrolled in one of the following options:

  • SM academic-year degree (42.5, 60, or 80 credits)
  • SM summer-focused degree in epidemiology (42.5 credits)

Time Status Definitions

  • SM full-time candidates must register for a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 27.5 credits per semester in the fall and spring semesters.
    • SM 80 full-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within two academic years (four semesters).
    • SM 60 full-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within three consecutive semesters.
    • SM 42.5 academic year full-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within one academic year (two semesters).
    • SM 42.5 summer-focused students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within three academic years (3 summers plus optional fall & spring enrollment).
    • These timelines may change if circumstances require a leave of absence or a transition to part-time study. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information, and also review the tuition requirements for Master’s students on the Student Billing website.
  • Part-time SM candidates must register for a minimum of 1 course and a maximum of 14.75 credits in the fall and spring semesters.
    • SM-80 academic year (residential) part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 4 academic years (8 semesters).
    • SM-60 part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 6
    • SM-42.5 part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 2 academic years (4 semesters).
    • These timelines may change if circumstances require a leave of absence or a transition to full-time study. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information, and also review the tuition requirements for Master’s students on the Student Billing website.
  • For time status definitions specific to the summer term, please see “Summer Programs.”
  • Part-time SM candidates must register for a minimum of 1 course and a maximum of 14.75 credits in the fall and spring semesters.
    • SM-80 academic year (residential) part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 4 academic years (8 semesters).
    • SM-60 part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 6
    • SM-42.5 part-time students are expected to meet all academic and financial degree requirements within 2 academic years (4 semesters).
    • These timelines may change if circumstances require a leave of absence or a transition to full-time study. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information, and also review the tuition requirements for Master’s students on the Student Billing
  • For time status definitions specific to the summer term, please see “Summer Credit Limits For Degree-Seeking Students.