There are TWO separate readmissions processes and applications: The first is Readmission, the second is Readmission for Degree.
Students who were previously registered in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) long enough to have paid at least one installment of tuition, who then were not registered for a full term or longer, and who wish to return to the same GSAS program, should apply for readmission by December 31 for the following fall semester. Applicants will be considered for readmission to the fall term only. Applications for readmission are available to below.
Readmission is not automatic; it requires approval by both the academic department and the dean of the Graduate School. Ordinarily, a student who has been required to withdraw from GSAS may not apply for readmission until two academic terms have passed.
Students must contact the faculty and administrator in their department to clarify courses and exams to be taken, to specify the time frame or duration to completion, and to confirm consent of their faculty advisor and committee.
The student’s original application to GSAS, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE, and TOEFL scores as well as readmission materials will be sent to the department for consideration. Readmission, if approved, may be conditional, requiring performance of a specific task at a specific standard, either prior to or following readmission.
Along with the complete application, please submit the following:
- Application Form.
- Readmission Supplemental Form.
- Letter of Recommendation.
- Current official GSAS transcript.
- Official transcripts of any formal academic training taken since leaving GSAS.
- Any additional material required by the department (contact the department directly).
- Applicants should inquire at the Financial Aid Office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 3rd floor (617)495-5396 to determine which forms may be appropriate for them.
Students readmitted to the same PhD program in which they were formerly enrolled are charged the reactivation fee, at the rate current when readmission is approved, for the intervening terms since their last registration, with a maximum charge of $1,000.00. Students who simply failed to register for a term, without formally withdrawing from the Graduate School, are liable for a lapse-of-candidacy fee of $250. Readmission will not be approved until all fees or any other indebtedness to the University are paid.
READMISSION FOR DEGREE Information
Those who have completed all course requirements, research, etc. and are returning only to defend their dissertations and receive PhDs should fill out an application for Readmission for Degree available to download here.
Students readmitted for degree enter a registration status of “Pending Degree” and are expected to meet deadlines outlined in the Degree Calendar. Students who fail to submit their dissertation prior to the noted deadline will revert to a registration status of “Withdrawn” following passage of the deadline.
Along with the Readmission for Degree application, students should submit the following:
- Statement of Purpose
- Letter of Recommendation from your advisor, indicating completion of all requirements for the degree
Students readmitted to the same PhD program in which they were formerly enrolled are charged a reactivation fee for each of the intervening academic terms since their last term of registration. The charge is assessed to activate the student for each intervening term since their last registration to allow them to meet the continuous registration requirement. The fee is not to exceed $1000 and is made up of charges for each intervening term equivalent to the active file fee at the per-term-rate current when readmission is approved. Readmission will not be approved until all fees or any other indebtedness to the University are paid.
Students readmitted for degree, who fail to submit the dissertation on deadline, will have their “pending” status revert to “withdrawn.”