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Cross-registration with Harvard is not available during the summer session.
The cross-registration program does not include classes at the Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School.
There is no pre-registration for Harvard subjects.
Each school at Harvard has its own Registrar's Office and maintains its own academic calendar, subject to the guidelines of the Harvard Coordinated Academic Calendar. The procedures for cross-registration differ across the schools at Harvard. Check with the particular school you are interested in for specific instructions and deadlines.
Full-time MIT graduate students (including full-time special students) may cross-register at Harvard during the fall and spring terms. Full-time students are those being charged full tuition during the term. If at any point during the term tuition charged drops below full tuition, the Harvard subject will have to be dropped.
No more than one-half of your registration for the term (one-half of your units for the term) may be taken in cross-registered subjects. To request an exception to the rule you must petition the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.
You must abide by the rules of both MIT and the Harvard school into which you are cross-registering.
The Harvard course catalog is available online. It is searchable by term, school, and keyword.
Students must meet the earlier of MIT’s or Harvard’s cross-registration and add/drop/change deadlines.
The deadline to cross-register at some Harvard schools (for example, the Harvard Business School) falls before or during the first week of classes at MIT.
MIT’s deadline for completing cross-registration is Add Date (end of the fifth week of the term).
(Following the instructions below will complete the process for adding a Harvard subject to your registration. It is not necessary to also submit an MIT add/drop form.)
Schools of Business, Public Health, Arts and Sciences, Education, Design, Law, Divinity, Medical, Dental
The Harvard cross-registration petition is available as a pdf file.
Fill in your student information and Harvard subject number, title, and catalog number and indicate if you are taking the subject for credit or as a listener. Three signatures are required: your MIT Departmental Registration Officer; the Harvard Instructor; and the Harvard Registrar. Incomplete petitions will not be processed.
Print two copies of the form and obtain the three required signatures on both copies. Submit one copy of the completed petition to the Harvard Registrar and bring the other completed copy to the MIT Registrar’s Office, 5-119.
All undergraduate subjects are assigned MIT N-level credit and all graduate subjects H-level credit. For graduate subjects your Departmental Registration Officer may specify G-level credit on the petition.
Kennedy School of Government
Cross-register online through the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Do not use the cross-registration petition.
You will receive an email from HKS before the end of the registration period letting you know if you are enrolled in the class. The MIT Registrar’s Office will also be notified and upon notification will contact your department for approval to register you at MIT.
All undergraduate subjects are assigned MIT N-level credit and all graduate subjects H-level credit. For graduate subjects your department may change the MIT credit to G-level.
The MIT Registrar’s Office will assign units for Harvard subjects. See conversion of Harvard credits to MIT units.
It takes some time for cross-registration paperwork to be processed at the beginning of the term. If a Harvard subject does not appear on your status of registration on WebSIS by the end of the fourth week of the term, please check with the MIT Registrar’s Office.
To drop a Harvard subject, complete an MIT add/drop form signed by your Departmental Registration Officer by MIT’s Drop Date and return it to either the MIT Registrar’s Office, 5-119 or Student Services Center, 11-120.
The MIT Registrar’s Office will then notify the appropriate Harvard Registrar’s Office that you have dropped the subject.
If you submitted a cross-registration petition to Harvard but then decided not to take the subject and so never handed in a copy of the petition to the MIT Registrar’s Office, you will still be registered for the subject at Harvard. In this case, you should complete an MIT add/drop form and hand that in to the MIT Registrar’s Office, 5-119. The MIT Registrar’s Office will then notify the Harvard Registrar’s Office that you have dropped the subject.
If the add/drop form is submitted before MIT’s drop deadline but after Harvard’s, the subject will be dropped from your MIT record but it will not be dropped at Harvard. This means your Harvard record will show either a failing or missing grade. However, in this case, any failing grade sent to the MIT Registrar’s Office from Harvard will not be posted on your MIT record.
All Harvard subjects appear on your MIT transcript with an ‘HA’ prefix for Harvard followed by a letter denoting the particular school (for example, HAB for Harvard Business School). The number used is the Harvard catalog number.
Not all the grading scales used by the various Harvard schools are directly comparable to the grading scale used at MIT. Where the grades are comparable, the grade reported to the MIT Registrar’s Office by the Harvard Registrar will appear on your MIT transcript and will be used when your term and cumulative GPA is calculated. Where the grades are not comparable, a passing grade from Harvard is posted on your record as ‘S’ representing ‘Satisfactory.’ This grade is not used in calculating either the term or cumulative GPA.
See the translation table of the grades used by the various Harvard schools and how they compare to MIT grades.
MIT graduate students can elect to use their graduate P/D/F option for a Harvard class. Please note that in such cases the subject cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements, including the required subject units for any degree program.
Some Harvard classes are offered for the full academic year. A separate cross-registration petition must be completed to register for each portion of the class.
When the subject is completed, the final grade is applied to both terms of registration.
If a student decides not to register for the second part of the course, a petition must be filed with the Harvard Registrar’s Office to “divide the course with credit.” If this petition is approved, the mid-year grade will be applied to the student’s record for the portion of the course which they completed. If a petition is not filed, no credit will be given for the completed portion of the course.
Some full-year courses at Harvard are designated as “indivisible.” In this case, a student cannot petition to “divide with credit.” However, a petition may be filed with the appropriate Harvard Registrar’s Office to suspend the second portion of the course until the following spring.
The petition form in both these cases is available from the Harvard Registrar’s Office and both require the signature of the instructor. Particular attention should be paid to Harvard’s petitioning deadlines.
Questions about cross-registration may be addressed to the MIT Registrar’s Office.