Adding a Cross-Registered Course

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility to cross-register

2Ls and 3Ls must be registered for at least 8 HLS credits and the cross-registered course must convert to at least 2 HLS credits to meet the 10-credit minimum residency requirement.

JD students who want to cross-register at another school during winter term need prior approval from the Registrar’s Office (registrar@law.harvard.edu). Upon submitting their cross-registration petition, LLM students will need to be approved by their advisor in the Graduate Program.

Deadline: Ongoing until petition filing deadline (see below)

Contact: registrar@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-4612

Step 2: Choose your cross-registered course

Cross-registration for HLS students extends to most HU schools, except the Division of Continuing Education, as well as MIT and the Fletcher School.

Deadline: Ongoing until petition filing deadline (see below)

More information: Harvard University course catalog, Fletcher course catalog, MIT course catalog

Step 3: Confirm that course is acceptable for cross-registration

All courses at Harvard, MIT and Fletcher qualify for cross-registration as long as they don’t significantly repeat course work previously done at any other school.

JD students who want to cross-register at another school during winter term need prior approval from the Registrar’s Office (registrar@law.harvard.edu). Upon submitting their cross-registration petition, LLM students will need to be approved by their advisor in the Graduate Program.

Deadline: Ongoing until petition filing deadline (see below)

More information: Harvard University course catalog

Step 4: Complete online cross-registration process

On-line at HU Cross-Registration website. The instructor will receive an email alerting him or her that a student is interested in cross-registering. If the instructor approves the online petition the Host School registrar will enroll the student based on availability. Students are not enrolled in a course until they receive email confirmation from the Host School registrar.

Approval from the faculty member is not the same as being enrolled by the Registrar’s Office. You must receive confirmation that you are enrolled in the class by the appropriate Registrar’s Office before your registration is complete.

Please click here to see the mandatory steps to cross-register at HBS-MBA.

For LLM students only: Upon submitting your cross-registration petition, all LLM students will need to be approved by his or her advisor in the Graduate Program. If approved by your advisor then the petition will move onto the faculty member and so on.

Please note, if you’re submitting a petition for a course at HKS, MIT, or Tufts, you will need to follow up with the Graduate Program for advisor approval outside of the online cross-registration system.

Deadline: Ongoing until petition filing deadline (see below)

More information: Harvard University course catalog

Step 5: Comply with HLS cross-registration calendar

HLS students must comply with the cross-registration enrollment period dates set forth by each school. If a student does not submit a cross-registration petition during the specific school’s enrollment window then they will not be enrolled in the course.

If a student intends to drop a cross-registered course then they should be adhering to the school with the earlier add/drop deadline to ensure that they are dropped without penalty.

Deadline: Check HLS Cross-Registration Calendar for deadlines.

More information: To confirm each school’s cross-registration enrollment period: Academic Calendar

Dropping a Cross-Registered or HLS Course

Dropping a cross-registered course

Details: You may drop a cross-registered course as long as you are in compliance with all cross-registration deadlines.

In order to drop a cross-registered course, you must contact your home school’s Registrar’s Office. In turn, our office will notify the host school of your drop.

Deadline: Check HLS Cross-Registration Calendar for applicable deadlines. Please note that you should be adhering to the school with the earlier drop deadline to ensure that they are dropped without penalty.

Contact: To drop a cross-registered course, please send the course information to: registrar@law.harvard.edu.

Dropping an HLS course to take a cross-registered course

Details: Let the HLS Registrar’s Office know whether you want to drop an HLS course in place of a cross-registered course. Due to conflicting cross-registration enrollment periods, HLS students will be dropped from an HLS course without penalty. Please note, students will only be dropped without penalty when he or she needs to accommodate a cross-registered course.

Deadline: All students should be adhering to the school with the earlier drop deadline to ensure that they are dropped without penalty.

Contact: To drop an HLS course, please send the course information to: registrar@law.harvard.edu.