Harvard

Before cross-registering at Harvard, please ensure that you read and understand all cross-registration policies. It is your responsibility to know the policies before cross-registering.

Please check each Harvard school’s website for the cross-registration enrollment dates. There is no pre-registration for Harvard courses. Each school normally gives priority to its own students so it is always best to register for a back-up Fletcher course and then drop it if need be. A Harvard instructor’s approval does not guarantee a spot in the course. Please visit the Harvard website for instructions on how to cross-register for a Harvard course.

IMPORTANT: Students who would like to drop a Harvard course must do so by the FLETCHER DROP DEADLINE. For the Fall 2018 Semester, students must drop the course by emailing fletcherregistrar@tufts.edu with the course name, code, and host school information. Starting in Spring 2019, students will be able to drop the course directly through the Harvard cross-registration portal. Failure to properly drop the course will result in a permanent withdrawal code of “W” being recorded on your official transcript for the course. Students should follow the Harvard drop/add deadlines when registering for Harvard modules that start in the second half of the semester.

Winter Term Courses: All courses taken during the winter term will be counted toward the spring term – no exceptions.

Credit Value Conversions
  • Harvard Law School: 2 credit HLS courses = 1.5 credit at Fletcher; and courses of 3 or more HLS credits = 3.0 credit at Fletcher.
  • Harvard Business School: 3 credit HBS courses = 3 credit at Fletcher; 1.5 credit HBS courses = 1.5 credit at Fletcher.
  • HSPH: 2.5 credit HSPH courses = 1.5 credit at Fletcher; and 5 credit HSPH courses = 3.0 credit at Fletcher.
  • Harvard FAS: a semester-long half course = 3.0 credit at Fletcher; and a year-long full course = 6.0 credits at Fletcher (3.0 credits per term).
  • HKS: 4.0 credit HKS courses = 3.0 credit at Fletcher; 2.0 credit HKS courses = 1.5 credit at Fletcher
Harvard Cross-Registration FAQs

1) How do I cross-register at Harvard?
Please visit the Harvard website for step-by-step instructions.

2) What are the Harvard drop and add dates?
Please visit the appropriate Harvard School website for the add dates as every school has different dates. All courses must be dropped by the FLETCHER drop deadline.

3) How many Harvard/Tufts courses can I take during my Fletcher career? In one semester?
For degree-seeking Fletcher students:
• 25% of a student’s entire program may be fulfilled with cross-registered courses at Harvard and/or other Tufts Schools (i.e. 4 full-credit courses for MALD & MIB; 2 of 8 full-credit courses for MA, MATA, and LLM).
• No more than the equivalent of 2.0 Fletcher full-credit courses may be cross-registered in a given term

4) How do I drop a Harvard course?
For the Fall 2018 Semester, students must drop the course by emailing fletcherregistrar@tufts.edu with the course name, code, and host school information. Starting in Spring 2019, students will be able to drop the course directly through the new Harvard cross-registration portal by the Fletcher drop deadline. It is polite to notify your Harvard professor of your intention to drop the course, but not necessary. Please note that notifying your professor of your intent to drop the course does NOT constitute as dropping the course. You must drop the course through the Harvard portal.

5) When will the Harvard course show up on my SIS record?
The Harvard course will show up on your record about a month into the semester once it is approved by the appropriate Harvard Registrar’s Office, after the drop/late add deadline. We manually add each Harvard course to your record. Please make sure there is room on your SIS record for the course.

6) Do I need to notify the Fletcher Registrar’s Office of the fact that I am taking a Harvard course?
Unless the Harvard course does not appear relevant to your Fletcher degree program, then you do not need to notify the Fletcher Registrar’s Office of your intention to take a Harvard course. Please abide by all cross-registration policies.

7) I am expected to graduate at the end of the semester, but I want to take a Harvard course. Will this impact my graduation status?
IT MIGHT. Harvard has different grade deadlines than Fletcher. If you must enroll in a Harvard course your final semester, then you run the risk of a grade not being received by the Fletcher Registrar’s Office in time for graduation. All grades must be sent from the appropriate Harvard Registrar’s Office, not the professor. WE CANNOT EXPEDITE THE RECEIPT OF YOUR GRADE OR CONTACT THE HARVARD REGISTRAR’S OFFICE ON YOUR BEHALF. KNOW THE RISK OF TAKING A HARVARD COURSE IN YOUR FINAL SEMESTER.

8) I won’t receive confirmation of my enrollment in a Harvard course until a few weeks into the semester, what should I do?
You should always have a back-up Fletcher course in mind. You may register for this back-up course and then drop it as soon as you receive confirmation from the appropriate Harvard Registrar’s Office of your enrollment in the course (this notification of enrollment is done through the Harvard portal). Please be sure to drop your back-up course prior to the drop deadline or you risk receiving a “W” on your record (see the Academic Calendar for Fletcher add and drop dates).

9) Can I take cross-register for courses at MIT/BU/BC…etc.?
No, we only have cross-registration agreements with Harvard and Tufts.