Auditing

Fall 2021 update

For the fall 2021 semester, HDS courses will not be available for audit to members of the public. 

To enroll as an auditor in spring 2022 or later:

  • 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 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 courses 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.