SM degree en route to the PhD

Ph.D. Candidates earning the S.M. degree en route

Ph.D. candidates may apply to receive the S.M. degree upon completion of the S.M. requirements. A Ph.D. candidate in SEAS or in another GSAS program may earn the S.M. degree en route in any SEAS area, provided their S.M. program plan satisfies the SEAS-wide and area-specific requirements in that area.  In particular, a SEAS Ph.D. student with a CHD-approved Ph.D. Program Plan can receive an S.M. in that same area with no further approval required, provided that the courses put towards the S.M. satisfy both the SEAS-wide and area-specific S.M. course requirements. In all other cases an S.M. Program Plan must be submitted together with the required supplementary statement through the Office of Academic Programs for approval by the CHD. 

Note that transfer credit is not accepted toward the S.M. degree, even if it has been approved toward the Ph.D.  Harvard Ph.D. students in non-SEAS programs must consult with the Office of Academic Programs to pursue the SM en route.  GSAS, the FAS Registrar’s Office and my.harvard refer to the S.M. en route (along with a similar A.M. degree in other programs) as the “masters in passing”.