We’ve covered letters of recommendation and GRE/GMAT test requirements. Next up in our application FAQ series? Academic transcripts.
We use transcripts from the colleges and universities you have attended to see what coursework you have previously taken and evaluate how well you performed in those classes.
Do I need to submit official copies of my transcripts to apply?
You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts for purposes of submitting your application. However, if you are admitted and decide to enroll at HKS, you must have your issuing institution send us official copies of your transcripts and degree conferrals if you received a degree.
If I studied abroad for a semester during my undergrad degree, do I need to submit a transcript from that institution?
You will need to submit separate transcripts for study abroad programs if your home institution did not report your grades, courses, and dates of attendance. Many transcripts only note that your home institution received the credits, but we will need to see the specific courses and grades you received for these classes.
My transcript is not in English. Should I submit a translation of my transcript?
Transcripts and diplomas in languages other than English must be translated by your issuing institution or a certified translation service. We must receive the original and translated versions. We do not have a preferred translation service, but often recommend World Education Services (WES).
You are not required to submit a credential evaluation from WES, but we strongly encourage you to do so if your transcript is in a language other than English.
If I am currently enrolled in courses, what kind of documentation should I submit?
If you are currently enrolled in classes or a degree-granting program, we need proof of enrollment that includes a list of your current classes. We do not need to see grades if they are not available, but we will need to see classes.