Master's Student Handbook

Masters Student Handbook


The Harvard Medical School Master’s Programs Student Handbook (“the Handbook”) begins with a brief history of Harvard Medical School (HMS) followed by information describing the rules, policies, and procedures governing the Master’s programs at HMS.

The Handbook includes descriptions of the curriculum and requirements (plans of instruction) for the Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) and Master of Academic Discipline degrees and provides incoming and current Master’s students the information necessary to participate successfully in the programs.  The Handbook also provides answers to many questions students will have about specific aspects of education and student life at HMS.

Regular review of HMS academic and financial policies and/or curricular requirements may result in changes to rules and/or policies that are published in this document, which is updated at least annually. All students are also expected to be familiar with the policies of Harvard Medical School and Harvard University.

All information in this handbook and in the Course Catalogs of the various schools at Harvard University is subject to revision.  From time to time, changes are made in course offerings, academic rules and requirements, and the plans of instruction. Each School at Harvard reserves the right to alter, change, or amend any of these rules and regulations at any time without prior notice. HMS Master’s students are eligible to take courses in other Schools at the University and need to be familiar with and abide by the rules and regulations of each School at which courses are taken.  Students are encouraged to review School and program websites for current information.  The information contained in this Handbook supersedes any published previously and is subject to change.

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