Advanced Standing

Students who seek admission to Harvard College are advised that the current Advanced Standing program will change beginning in Fall 2020. Admitted students who enter the College as freshmen in Fall 2020 (the Class of 2024), and all subsequent classes, will not be eligible to receive Harvard College degree credit for pre-matriculation credentials earned in secondary school.

This means that Advanced Placement examinations, the International Baccalaureate diploma, and international credentials will no longer be recognized for Harvard College credit toward the degree beginning with the students who enter the College in Fall 2020. These examinations will continue to serve as valuable placement tools, and certain examinations may still fulfill the College’s language requirement.

As to the existing fourth-year Master’s degree option, those who will be juniors in the fall of 2020 (class of 2022) and are not eligible for Advanced Standing will have the opportunity to apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a
Concurrent Master's degree.

Students admitted to the College prior to 2020 who were eligible for Advanced Standing will be allowed to apply for and pursue the fourth-year master’s degree in accordance with the rules for Advanced Standing or may petition to pursue the master’s degree through the Concurrent Program.  Students interested in submitting a petition should write to Please include an explanation about your preference to pursue the Concurrent Master's Degree instead of the fourth-year master’s program through Advanced Standing.