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Special Students & Visiting Fellows
Students who wish to take graduate level courses in a non-degree capacity are invited to apply to GSAS for Special Student status. Special Students are not degree candidates. Credit for a limited number of acceptable half-courses may be transferred into a degree program if the student is later admitted to graduate study, pending approval.
Special Student status ordinarily is limited to a maximum of two terms, with extension possible only by reapplication.
Scholars intending to do research who hold a doctorate, or have equivalent professional experience, or are advanced doctoral candidates who have completed all required coursework, may apply for Visiting Fellow status within Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
Although Visiting Fellows are sometimes invited by departments or research centers to participate in seminars or other organized activities, they are expected for the most part to pursue their research independently.
Visiting Fellows are normally admitted under the auspices of an academic department within GSAS.
Visiting Fellows are registered as full-time research students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and have access to most university facilities. They are also eligible to apply for membership in the Harvard Faculty Club.
SEAS Restricted Courses
Some courses are not available to Special Students, including research courses. These include all SEAS 300-level courses as well as 299r courses. A complete list of restricted courses can be found here.Courses may require instructor approval before you can register. A complete list of restricted courses can be found here.
- Those wishing to apply for Spcial Student or Visting Fellows status (both are non-degree seeking) should click here for information and how to apply.
- Degree-seeking students (PhD, ME, SM, and AB/SM) submit an online GSAS application by selecting program "Engineering and Applied Sciences."