Admissions-related COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Updated August 24, 2020

Has a decision been made about WinterSession, Spring 2021, or 2021-starting programs?
No. A decision on WinterSession and the spring 2021 semester will be made at a later date.

If I pay the non-refundable admissions deposit and I am no longer able to attend, can I request a refund?
Please send an email to with the reason for your request.

Will there be any recruitment events for prospective students?
All in-person on- and off-campus recruitment events will be held online for the remainder of 2020. Visit our Events and Opportunities site for more information about our virtual offerings, including information sessions.

Are standardized tests required for admission?
During the upcoming admission cycle (2020), standardized tests will be optional, but not required, for the MPH, DrPH, MHCM, and SM programs. The BPH PhD program, as it has for several years, will not use standardized tests at all in admissions. For the PHS and Biostatistics PhD programs, standardized tests will be optional but are recommended. PhD applicants should visit the GSAS Admissions FAQs for more detailed information.

Given delays related to COVID-19, will your application deadline be flexible?
Currently, all applications will still be due December 1, 2020.

Other COVID-19-related FAQs

Harvard Chan School FAQs

Student Policy Page FAQs

Harvard International Office FAQs