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Information for New Graduate Students

The information below is primarily for incoming students in our PhD Programs and in our terminal masters programs.  

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. 

  • SEAS's PhD and IACS Graduate Student Orientation
    • Schedule of Events for All Students
      Monday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.:  “Fast Friends” Student Event with SEAS-GCThursday, August 27, 9:00 a.m.: Welcome to All Students with Dean, Frank Doyle
      Thursday, August 27, 10:00 p.m.: "Trivia Night” Student Event with SEAS-GC

    • Schedule of Events for PhD Students
      Thursday, August 13, 9:30 a.m.: Ph.D. Student Q&A: Academic & Financial Aid Overview
      Thursday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.: Ph.D. Students: How to Succeed as a Ph.D. Student— Faculty Advice Panel

    • Schedule for Events for IACS (M.E. and S.M.) Students
      Missing times below will be forthcoming
      August 13, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.:  Live Q&A with Daniel Weinstock, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
      August 14: IACS Meet and Greet
      August 26: Office of Career Services Orientation
      August 27: IACS Virtual Scavenger Hunt

  • The GSAS Orientation on Friday August 28, 2020

*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 really important ones below, and will update for 2020 as information becomes available.

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 2020-21 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.