AB/SM Information

Harvard College students are eligible to apply for an AB/SM degree program in any area of SEAS.  Students are expected to apply for advance standing as well as submit a complete application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  We waive the GRE and TOEFL requirement for AB/SM applicants.  All other application materials are required.
 

The General Education requirement will be reduced by one course per term of Harvard College credit for students who have activated Advanced Standing. Students may not reduce their requirements by more than one category in the following groupings: (For example, no student will be excused from both “Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding” and “Culture and Belief.”) 

  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding; Culture and Belief
  • Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning; Ethical Reasoning
  • Science of Living Systems; Science of the Physical Universe
  • Societies of the World; United States in the World

Please note that these policies are for the current Program in General Education and apply only to students in the class of 2018 or earlier.  More information can be found in the Harvard College Handbook, found here.

Important: We do not offer an SB/SM degree program.  The AB/SM is not available for the Masters in Design Engineering (MDE) program, the Data Science program, or the MS/MBA program. 

Current Harvard College AB students:  Do you want to learn more about the AB/SM application process?  Come to one of our information sessions this Fall!

Fall 2017 Information Sesssions for Prospective AB/SM's:

Monday October 23, 2017 at 12 Noon 
Thursday November 9, 2017 at 9AM 

(all held in Pierce Hall Room 114)

Applications to the AB/SM program are made in the Fall term of the student’s junior year.  Here’s a quick overview of the steps you need to take:

1. Speak to your Concentration Advisor: Discuss the possibility of completing your undergraduate degree requirements and determine if you should consider the AB/SM program @ SEAS.

2. Apply for Advanced Standing: Read the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Advancement Placement and Advanced Standing policies carefully.

3. Apply for AB/SM degree program at SEAS by December 15, 2017 at 5 pm.

4. Post-Application Submission: SEAS will notify you in mid-February if you are admitted to the AB/SM Program.  You must formally accept the offer of admission by April 15, 2018. Upon accepting the offer of admission, you will be assigned an academic advisor who is a member of the SEAS faculty who will help you select courses toward the SM degree.    In late Spring, you will be asked to submit an S.M. Program Plan to the SEAS Office of Academic Programs. More information on the requirements for the S.M. degree, can be found on the S.M. requirements page. 

5. Important Note:  You will continue your academic status as an undergraduate at Harvard College.  Your AB/SM status will not affect your current financial aid package.