Admissions & Waitlist

Admissions Process

Admission to the PCE requires acceptance by an admissions committee from the faculty of the Program.  Acceptance to the PCE does not guarantee acceptance to a degree program at Harvard Chan School and acceptance to a degree program does not guarantee acceptance to the PCE.  Admissions decisions are typically announced in March.


In recent years the PCE has received a record number of exceptionally qualified applicants. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds our capacity, we develop a waitlist. Each year, some accepted students withdraw and we are able to offer waitlisted students a space in the Program. In fact, in 2014 we were able to offer every waitlisted student a space in the PCE. Waitlisted students will be contacted if space becomes available.