A student who has completed at least one full term of satisfactory work in GSAS may file an application requesting that graduate work done elsewhere be counted toward the academic residence requirement. No more than the equivalent of eight half-courses may be counted for the PhD and two-year master's program, and four half-courses by be counted for a one-year master's program.
Forms are available online.
The application for academic credit for work done elsewhere must contain a list of the courses, with grades, for which the student is seeking credit, and must be approved by the student's department. In order for credit to be granted, official transcripts showing the courses for which credit is sought must be submitted to the Registrar, unless they are already on file in the student's Graduate School academic folder. No guarantee is given in advance that such an application will be granted. This application must be signed by the department chair and then submitted to the Registrar's Office for approval.
Academic and financial credit for courses taken as a FAS special student or as a Harvard employee prior to admission to a degree program may be granted for a maximum of four half-courses toward a one-year master's and eight half-courses toward a two-year master's or the PhD degree. This application must be signed by the department chair and then submitted to the Registrar's Office for approval.
In considering these applications for approval the department will determine if these courses are related to the student's program of study. The Registrar's Office will not approve the application for financial and academic credit until the student has completed at least one term of satisfactory academic work.
Applications can be downloaded from this page (see above).
If you have further questions regarding this form, contact the Registrar's Office at 617-495-1519. You will find the rules governing this process in the GSAS Handbook.