Committee on Higher Degrees

The Committee on Higher Degrees at SEAS establishes academic policies for all graduate programs. Please see the PDF below for detailed information about these academic policies.

In addition, below you will find an addendum to the CHD document which discusses Ph.D. financial aid and funding policies.

Meeting Times

The Committee on Higher Degrees will meet to review program plans throughout the Fall and Spring terms. Please submit program plans or petitions that you would like considered by the deadline listed below. The Office of Academic Programs cannot guarantee that plans submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the next meeting. Students should aim to submit for dates listed below, even if they are estimated. 

MONTH OF MEETING: SUBMIT BY: CHD FEEDBACK ESTIMATED BY:
DEADLINES (earlier is fine):
SEPTEMBER 8/15 (Est.) 09/10 (Est.)  
OCTOBER 9/20 (Est.) 10/18 (Est.) G2: Final PhD Program Plan
DECEMBER 11/20 (Est.) 12/15 (Est.) Final PhD Program Plans/Updates; SM/ME Program Plan Updates
JANUARY  1/8 (Est.) 01/31(Est.) SM/ME students: SM/ME Program Plans; All Program Plan Updates incl. G2 MS/MBA plans
MARCH 
AP
2/16 (Est) 03/15 (Est.) G1: Prospective PhD Program Plan 
MARCH 
ES, AM, CS
3/15 (Est) 04/30 (Est.) G1: Prospective PhD Program Plan 
APRIL 4/09 (Est.) 05/18 (Est.) Newly Admitted AB/SM students: SM Program Plan; & G1 MS/MBA plans

The dates above are estimates and will be updated as meetings are scheduled. Questions regarding the CHD can be directed to the Office of Academic Programs or an appropriate Director of Graduate Studies. Note: Plans are welcome prior to the "Submit By" date above in order to provide preparatory information to the CHD faculty.

Director of Graduate Studies / Chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees: