What is required for application to the Ph.D. program?

The program is highly competitive – we can accept only 5-7% of applicants to the PhD. For that reason, we look for the most capable applicants, with excellent credentials in all areas.

  • A writing sample of no more than 20 pages in length.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended.
  • Recommendations from three faculty members who can speak to your academic capabilities.
  • GRE's. The basic exams (verbal, analytical, and math), but not any specialty exams, are required. Be sure to find out the schedule of GRE testing in time to have scores sent to Harvard by December 15th. Exam scores can be no older than 5 years. Most of our accepted applicants score above the 90th percentile in the verbal portion and above the 75th percentile in the analytical.
  • TOEFL scores are required for all non-native English speakers unless they have received a Bachelor's degree from a university or college in which English is the language of instruction. Applicants must receive a score of 620 or higher on the paper-based test or 105 or higher on the Internet-based test.
  • Statement of Purpose (1,000 word or less); this should outline a proposed project that is interesting, clearly stated, and aligned with faculty strengths at Harvard.

Please note that there is only one application period; there are no rolling admissions.

For detailed application requirements to the Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, please visit this page: http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/prospective_students/application_instructions_and_information.php