The RSEA program ordinarily entails two full academic years in residence.  The minimum GSAS requirement for A.M. candidates is one year of full-time residence at the full tuition rate.  During the year(s) of full-time residence, students must follow an RSEA-approved plan of study, consisting of at least eight courses that satisfy the basic RSEA course requirements (as defined below); pay the required tuition costs; and make satisfactory academic progress by maintaining at least a minimum grade “B” average in each of the two years of study. (In rare cases a student may complete the RSEA degree requirements in less than two years. See below for more on the One-Year A.M. Degree.)

After the first year of residence, some RSEA students may choose — with the prior approval of their faculty academic advisor and the RSEA Committee — to spend time away from campus as a Traveling Scholar to do primary research for their thesis or to study language (see the GSAS website and GSAS Policies for details and the required form 

Please note that Massachusetts Law requires medical insurance coverage for all Massachusetts residents, including students, and Traveling Scholars are charged for health insurance each semester unless they submit a waiver request.