The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' doctoral and master’s degree programs lie at the interfaces of engineering, the applied sciences, and technology. SEAS brings the full resources of the University to bear to enable new discoveries and innovations.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of modern research, we do not have traditional academic departments and do not award degrees by specific research area. Instead, graduate students work toward a degree in one of six subjects—Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, Computational Science & Engineering, Design Engineering, and Engineering Sciences.
On the left panel you will find links to information on our graduate programs.
- Applying as a Graduate Student links to our pages for prospective graduate students.
- Graduate Degree Requirements provides a brief overview of the requirements for the S.M., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees.
- Ph.D. Model Programs describes area-specific course requirements and model course programs for Ph.D. students.
- The Ph.D. Timeline details when various requirements and milestones are expected to occur for a typical Ph.D. student.
- S.M. Degree Requirements describes SEAS-wide and area-specific course and program requirements for S.M. students.
- The Committee on Higher Degrees at SEAS establishes policies for the S.M., M.E., and Ph.D. programs, which are summarized in the Policies of the CHD document.
- The Forms & Letters page lists several academic forms for current graduate students.
- Contacts links to the Office of Academic Programs (formerly the Student Affairs Office) page of staff contacts for students and faculty.
- Applied Mathematics (Ph.D.)
- Applied Physics, including a Materials Science Track (Ph.D.)
- Computational Science and Engineering (S.M., M.E.)
- Computer Science (Ph.D.)
- Engineering Sciences
- Master in Design Engineering (M.D.E.)
- Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering (as part of the Ph.D.)
All subjects above (except for M.D.E.) also participate in the A.B./S.M. program for undergraduates; this program is only available for current Harvard undergraduate students.
Admissions to the S.M. and M.E. degree programs in Engineering Sciences: Electrical Engineering is extremely competitive and offered only in exceptional circumstances. That program is very small.
Admissions to the S.M. and M.E. degree programs in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is also extremely competitive.
Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering do not offer S.M. or M.E. terminal degrees. S.M. degrees can be earned only en-route to the Ph.D. degree or via the A.B./S.M. program.
Collaborative Programs with MIT and Harvard HST
Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program
The five- to six-year Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program (MEMP) program leads to the Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Medical Engineering or Medical Physics awarded by MIT, or the Ph.D. awarded by Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.