Grading Policies and Credit Conversions

If a GSD student receives a grade considered passing at the school in which the course is listed, he or she may receive credit for cross-registered courses offered by Harvard College; Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Business School, Kennedy School, Graduate School of Education, School of Public Health, Law School, or Divinity School; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; the Episcopal Divinity School; and MIT. Students may obtain credit toward the fulfillment of a degree at the GSD for a maximum of two undergraduate-level courses, or the equivalent of eight GSD units, at Harvard College.

GSD students cannot cross-register into another course on a pass/fail basis, even if the host school allows it.  Cross-registered courses must be graded according to the host school's standard, ordinal system.

Grading Systems

School Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Fail
Graduate School of Design DIS, HP, P LP F
Business School E, SA -I, II LP/ -III UNS - IV
Divinity School A, A-, B+, B, B- C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-
Faculty of Arts & Sciences A, A-, B+, B, B-/SAT C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- E/UNS
Kennedy School A, A-, B+, B, B-/SAT C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- E/UNS
Law School H, P LP F
Medical School EXL, SAT, P   U
School of Education A, B C, D E
School of Public Health A, A-, B+, B, B-, /P C+, C, C- F
MIT (Please be advised that if you are a graduating student, courses taken at MIT in Spring of your graduating year may not meet your degree total unit requirements) A, B, C D F
Fletcher (Tufts) A, A-, B+, B, B-, SAT   C and below


Cross-Registration Credit Chart

Please refer to the university-wide course catalog and cross-registration site for the credit conversions and choose Harvard Graduate School of Design in the drop-down box.

Resources: Registrar: Registering: Cross-Registration Policies : Cross-Registration Conversion Charts

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