Frequently Asked Questions for Current Grad Students

     

    Academics & Registration

  • How is my Academic Advisor assigned?
  • I am currently offsite - do I have to register each semester? How do I register without being on campus?
  • What is the difference between 8.391, 8.392, and 8.THG? What should I register for?
  • How do I cross-register for a class at Harvard?
  • Who should I contact to substitute a course for one of my breadth requirements?
  • Who should I contact to substitute a course for one of my specialty requirements?
  • I am not sure that I want to continue in the Ph.D. program-can I receive a Master's Degree instead?
  • I need a verification letter for a Visa/Housing/Other-whom should I contact?
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    General Exams

  • When are the General Exams?
  • How do I register for General Exams?
  • Are there copies of previous General Exams and solutions available?
  • How do I obtain an Oral Exam committee?
  • How do I find a room for my Oral Exam or Thesis Defense?
  • When do I have to pass each section of the General Exam?
  • Can I review a graded General Exam?
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    Research & Funding

  • How do I change supervisors/research groups?
  • I am experiencing conflict with my research supervisor, to whom can I contact to facilitate a resolution?
  • How can I get a TA?
  • Am I allowed to be an RA and a TA simultaneously?
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    Thesis

  • How do I submit a Thesis Proposal? When is it due?
  • How do I find a room for my Oral Exam or Thesis Defense?
  • I am going to graduate soon-what do I have to do in terms of paperwork, etc.?
  • How do I get on/off the Degree List?
  • When is my thesis due? Can I get an extension?
  • When I submit my thesis to Academic Programs, 4-315, what do I need to bring?