GSAS Handbook

Message from the Dean

As a new academic year begins, I am pleased to welcome those new to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and to welcome back our returning students. This handbook provides the information all students need to navigate GSAS and Harvard University, including its history, organization, degree programs, regulations, services, and many other details of interest and importance. Updated annually, this handbook serves as a reference for many purposes, in particular academic policies and procedures.

Supplementary information is provided in other publications and on the web from GSAS and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar’s Office. Members of the Office of the Dean, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Admissions and Financial Aid Office, as well as departmental directors of graduate studies, are also available for personal consultation.

My best wishes for a productive year.

Emma Dench
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and the Classics