Welcome! Thank you for your interest in cross registering at Harvard Business School. Cross-registration is administered by MBA Registrar Services. Plans for the 2021-2022 school year are currently underway. Please be sure to check back in mid-August for updates regarding the fall term.

Cross-Registration Petition Process

  1. Determine Your Eligibility

  2. MBA Program Elective Curriculum

    Cross-registrants are limited to the equivalent of six credits per term in any combination of "Long" (full-term) courses (3 credits) or "Short" (half-term) courses (1.5 credits). Cross-Registration is permitted only in MBA Program Elective Curriculum (2nd Year) courses and is contingent upon meeting the following criteria:

    • - Students must be in "good standing" at their home school.
    • - Students must be enrolled in a graduate level degree program at one of the following:
      • - Harvard University
      • - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

    Fellows of Harvard University are eligible for Cross-Registration as auditors only. Please visit Course Planning Resources for details.

    Harvard, Tufts, and MIT undergraduate students are not eligible for Cross-Registration at HBS.

    Harvard University Extension School students are not eligible for Cross-Registration at HBS.

  3. Research Courses of Interest

  4. Course Planning Resources

    1. Visit Course Planning Resources to learn which courses will accept Cross-Registration petitions and to explore course content and schedules.

    2. Determine which selection process (lottery or faculty) each eligible course will use.

    3. Gain access to HBS Canvas, see step #4 in the process. HBS uses a different instance of Canvas from the rest of Harvard so you will need to log in to that version in order to see the course(s).

    Selection Process

    Students enroll in HBS-MBA courses via 1 of 2 methods:

    Lottery: Open seats will be distributed via lottery. Please be sure to separately rank your course(s) via the link visible on My.Harvard under the heading, “Enrollment Event.” (This will display about 1 hour after petition is submitted.)

    Faculty Selection: Students will submit their resume to the faculty who choose students that will be admitted. Please see the details outlined in "Class Notes" for the course in the HU Catalog. Follow this process in conjunction with submitting a petition.

  5. Submit Online Petition

  6. Online Petition Process and Deadline

    Fall 2021

    The dates for submitting online petitions will be posted soon.

    HU Graduate Students

    Submit petitions online through My.Harvard.

    MIT Students

    Submit petitions through the MIT course registration portal where you will have a chance to claim your Harvard Key.

    If you have not done so already, claim your HarvardKey. You will receive an automated email which will contain your HUID number and instructions on how to claim your Harvard Key.

    Tufts/Fletcher Students

    If you have not done so already, claim your HarvardKey. You will receive an automated email which will contain your HUID number and instructions on how to claim your Harvard Key.

    Submit petition on-line at Harvard University Cross-registration. Please note that faculty approvals may automatically appear on your online petition; this does not indicate that you are enrolled in the course.

    *Harvard Fellows

    See FAQ page for registration instructions.

  7. Request Temporary Canvas Login Credentials

  8. Complete Credentials Poll

    HBS uses a separate version of Canvas that is different than the rest of Harvard University. You may request temporary login credentials so that you may access HBS Canvas and attend early sessions of the course by filling out a poll. The link for the poll will be posted here when the petition window opens.

    These credentials will be deactivated soon after the term starts. If you are successfully enrolled in a course, new personalized login credentials will be sent to you.

    Once you receive the credentials, do not change the password on this account even if you are asked to do so.

    HBS Temporary Login Credentials Poll

    You must enter your school affiliated email address in the poll (johnharvard@harvard.edu) in order for the login information to be sent to you.

  9. Cross-Registration Petition Results

  10. Enrollment results

    Enrollment results will be emailed to you directly on or before Sunday, September 6, 2021. Please be sure to check your email.

Questions? Email mbacrossreg@hbs.edu.
Last Updated

July 21, 2021