Auditing

HDS welcomes members of the public to audit courses for the Fall 2020 semester. Applications will be available beginning on August 24.

Procedures to enroll as an auditor:

  • Obtain the instructor’s permission, either directly on the audit application or via email from the instructor;
  • Complete the audit application (and instructor’s email permission if applicable) and return the completed application to registrar@hds.harvard.edu;
  • Payment of a $50 application fee;
  • Payment of the course audit fee ($550/course). Detailed payment instructions are found on the audit application.

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 registrar@hds.harvard.edu or 617.495.5760.