HDS welcomes members of the public to audit courses. In order to audit a course, one must:

  1. Obtain the course instructor's permission, to be confirmed to the HDS registrar via the professor’s signature or email.
  2. Fill out an audit application at the Office of the Registrar (application fee of $50; checks to be made out to Harvard University).
  3. Pay the auditor's fee ($550 per one-semester course; checks made out to Harvard University) at the Registrar’s Office.

The level of participation required of auditors is determined by the individual faculty member or instructor. Ordinarily, auditors are not admitted to course that require a great deal of reviewed work, such as language courses. The final decision on this matter, however, rests with the instructor.

No credit for this work is given, nor are transcripts issued. Arrangements to audit must be made no later than the last day to drop/add classes each semester (see the Academic Calendar for dates).

The auditing process is administered through the Registrar's Office, which can be contacted at or 617.495.5760.

HDS Voices

Alex Ramos

When I came to HDS I worried about how I would fit in as an atheist and Humanist. I found that this is a place of incredible tolerance and interest in stepping beyond the familiar. I gained a deeper appreciation for people with views radically different from my own, and helped others to do the same.
—Alexander Ramos, MTS '11