Test Scores

Except as specified below, all applicants to HSPH are required to submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination Opens in a new window (GRE). If you took the GRE more than five years ago, ETS will no longer provide official score reports and you will need to retake the exam. Please report your GRE scores to SOPHAS using the ETS code 3456. Even though we do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, many successful candidates typically score above the 60th percentile in the quantitative section of the GRE.
Other Standardized Tests
Some programs may consider other test scores under the conditions listed below. We will not accept USMLE or ECFMG scores in lieu of GREs.

Dental Admission Test (DAT): Applicants with a dental degree or who are currently enrolled in a graduate-level dental degree program at an accredited dental school in the US or Canada may submit DAT scores in lieu of the GRE. Send scores directly to the HSPH Admissions Office.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): Applicants with an MBA or DBA or who are currently enrolled in an MBA or DBA program at an accredited graduate school of management or business in the US or Canada may submit GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE. All applicants to the 80-credit SM in Health Policy and Management or the MPH in Health Care Management and Policy may submit GMAT scores. Send scores directly to HSPH with designation code HRLJ673.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT): Law and Public Health applicants with a JD or who are enrolled in a graduate-level law degree program at an accredited law school in the US or Canada may submit LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE.  JD/MPH applicants applying concurrently to Harvard Law School may also submit LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE. Have scores forwarded to you in a sealed envelope. You should send this unopened envelope directly to the HSPH Admissions Office.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Applicants with an MD or DO or who are enrolled in an MD or DO degree program at an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE. The USMLE is not accepted by HSPH as a substitute for the GRE. Applicants may designate SOPHAS as a recipient of MCAT scores.

English Proficiency
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants for whom English is not their first language and have not received any degrees from a university where English is the language of instruction. HSPH requires a minimum of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, and 100 on the Internet-based 4-part test (we prefer individual section scores of 23 or better). Official scores from TOEFL may be reported to HSPH at code number 3456.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will also be accepted with a score of 7.0 or greater. Please have an official score report sent directly to HSPH.