Here you'll find our tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. Once enrolled, bills are generated monthly beginning in July prior to a students' first semester.


Tuition is listed below as part of the academic-year budget.

The public health crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption worldwide, in the United States, and in the Boston/Cambridge area. Anticipating that continued in-person, on-campus instruction would increase the risk of infections in our community, the University acted promptly in March to “de-densify” its campus and transition to online instruction. Harvard reached this decision after careful (but time-pressed) deliberation, drawing on insights and expertise from public health experts worldwide — including on the Harvard faculty.

As we look ahead to the fall and beyond, we are planning for several contingency scenarios that would protect the health and safety of our community, preserve our ability to adapt to evolving circumstances, and ensure the continuity of our teaching and research mission. The GSD continues to retain the discretion to apply its considered judgment to the question of how best to pursue its educational programs during the COVID-19 crisis, which may include, among other things, making recourse to online instruction and instituting compulsory testing and tracing programs as required conditions for accessing the Harvard campus or Harvard facilities.

Student Activity Fee
The student activity fee supports the GSD Student Forum and student organization activities. The $85 activity fee for the fall 2020 semester will be waived*. The budget numbers below reflect just the cost of the spring activity fee.

Health Fees
The health services and health insurance fees are charged to all enrolled students. See Harvard University Health Services for more information about the health fees, and for the option to waive health insurance if you have your own coverage.

Tuition $53,420
Student Activity Fee  $85 *
Health Services $1,206
Health Insurance $3,922

2020-2021 Academic Year Budgets

Masters Budget 2020-2021
DDES budget 2020-2021