AM Admission for Other GSAS PhD Candidates


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The Harvard Statistics faculty welcomes applications for the AM degree in Statistics from qualified PhD candidates in other GSAS programs.

PhD students from other GSAS departments who wish to do the AM in Statistics should use the following procedure:

Obtain approval from their home department advisor and graduate program to take courses in another department and, potentially, follow another degree program.

The student can then begin taking courses that satisfy the AM requirements. An approved plan of study must be submitted to the Department of Statistics during the course of study. This form may be found here.

For graduate students who entered Harvard prior to the 2018-2019 academic year,  the requirements are briefly as follows:

  • Eight courses offered by the Statistics Department at the level of Stat 110 and above.
  •  At least one of the eight courses must be a 200 level statistics course from the list of 210, 211, 212, 213, 220, 230, 244.  
  • At least 2 courses at the interface of theory and applications are required. These include: Stat 115, 120, 121, 131/231, 139, 140, 149, 160/260, 170, 183, 186, 220, 221, 225, 230, 232r, 240, 244, and 245.
  • CS 181, CS 281 and AC 209B can count towards the 8 Statistics courses and are considered 100 level statistics courses.
  • Terminal AM students must earn at least a B average in their Statistics courses and no more than one C.

Please direct any questions about the program to  Kathleen Cloutier, Student Coordinator at

Note that courses that are a requirement for the student's PhD normally cannot be double-counted towards the AM degree.

Upon completion of the 8 courses the student files a degree application with the Registrar's Office. This degree application requires the signature of the AM-granting department chair or DGS. The AM degree is then awarded.

The GSAS Handbook (Chapter VI: Degree Requirements, under Common Requirements) states: "Normally, a student may receive only one master’s degree from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. However, in exceptional cases, a second AM may be awarded to PhD candidates provided that the above conditions have been met and that the tuition requirement of one year of full tuition for each degree received has been satisfied."