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Information for New Graduate Students

The information below is primarily for incoming students entering our PhD Programs and our terminal masters programs in fall 2021.  More detailed information will be posted in summer 2021.

For students entering the Master in Design Engineering program, please go here.
For students entering the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences program, please contact Sheila Coveney.

In order to help prepare you for life as a student at SEAS, new graduate students attend the following orientations. In order to ensure the safety of students and staff, GSAS and SEAS Welcomes Events for this year have been re-imagined. While we may not yet be able to celebrate in person, the staff has come together to develop Orientation programs to help you feel connected to the GSAS/SEAS community from wherever you may be in the world. Additional details about events, dates, and times will be forthcoming, so please keep an eye on your inboxes!

Both programs have provided several videos, available to new students via our SEAS Orientation Canvas site. If you have not received an email from Ann Greaney Williams with the link to this site, please contact us at and let us know. 

  • 2021 SEAS PhD and IACS Graduate Student Incoming Student Events
    • Ph.D. New Ph.D., and IACS M.E., and S.M. Orientation
      Tuesday, August 17, 8:30am-12:15pm (EDT):

      • Welcome to All Students—Frank Doyle, John A. Paulson Dean and John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering & Applied Science

      • Ph.D. Students: Academic Overview—John Girash, Director of Education & Ann Greaney-Williams, Graduate Academic Program Administrator 

      • Ph.D. Financial Aid Overview—Erin Bishop, Manager of Graduate Financial Aid 

      • CSE and DS Students: Academic Program Overview—Daniel Weinstock, Associate Director of Graduate Studies in IACS (break away after Dean Doyle and come back after break)


      • COVID-19, SEAS Buildings and Campus Safety Orientation—Maryam Borton, Lab Safety Advisor

      • Introduction to the Service Center—Dina Adams, Service Center Manager 

      • SEAS Diversity and Inclusion Efforts—Alexis Stokes, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging 

      • Library Resource and SEC Introduction—Robyn Rosenberg, Engineering Librarian, Cabot Science Library

      • Computing@SEAS—James Waldo, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science


      • Faculty Advice Panel: How to Succeed as a Ph.D. Student (Ph.D. only)

        • Michael Aziz, Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies
        • James Mickens, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science
        • Cengiz Pehlevan, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
        • Elsie Sunderland, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry
      • CSE and DS Students: Course Planning (IACS only)—IACS course instructors with Daniel Weinstock,Associate Director of Graduate Studies in IACS
    • Additional IACS (M.E. and S.M.) Student Events
      Information for IACS students will be forthcoming

    • More to come!

  • GSAS Events
    • International Community Conversations on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
    • Resource Fair on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    • Student Involvement Fair on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

*Please note: Check back often, we will update as more information becomes available. 


Please see here for GSAS-related deadlines.  We've listed a few of the very important ones below, and will update further for 2021 as information becomes available.  See also the GSAS information page.

mid-May Deadline to notify Accessible Education Office of special needs
mid-May Deadline to submit Financial Certification for Students Who Are Not U.S. Citizens Form
mid-June Medical forms due to Harvard University Health Services
August 1 Fall tuition payment due - only relevant to Master's students
(PhD students: SEAS and/or GSAS will post your Fall tuition and fees to your student account, including health insurance, over the summer. This applies to students being funded by SEAS fellowships as well as students who are funded with external-to-SEAS fellowships. We will notify you when we do so.)


SEAS graduate students register for each term and enroll in classes using the FAS Registrar's Online Registration page.  Be sure to select the "GSAS Registration" tab midway down the page.  Information for academic year 2021-22 will appear during the summer.

Questions about submitting your final transcript(s)?    Please contact GSAS at Please also refer to the email GSAS sent you when you accepted the offer of admission for detailed  instructions.