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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.
- Financial Aid and Funding Policies (PDF) [g.harvard.edu login required]
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|
|2/16 (Est)||03/15 (Est.)||G1: Prospective PhD Program Plan|
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:
- Applied Mathematics: Yiling Chen
- Applied Physics: Federico Capasso
- Computer Science: David Brooks
- Engineering Sciences - Environmental Science and Engineering: Eli Tziperman and Elsie Sunderland (co-DGSes)
- Engineering Sciences - all other tracks: Fawwaz Habbal
- Students with questions regarding their EE, BioE, or MS&ME program plans should first contact John Girash.