Test Scores

Updated August 7, 2020: As of today, our policy regarding standardized tests has changed for this upcoming admissions cycle. Standardized exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, and DAT) are optional for this application cycle for the DrPH, MHCM, MPH, and SM degree programs.

Updated September 22, 2020: Standardized exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, and DAT) are optional. Math proficiency is important and will be based on the following application components: grades, recommendation letters, and CV/resume.

If you are interested in a PhD program, please check the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences site.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at admissions@hsph.harvard.edu.

At this time, the change in policy mentioned above is for applicants planning to apply for entry in 2021. For future application cycles, the information below describes the Standardized Examination policy.

All applicants to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are required to submit official standardized examination scores. This requirement will not be waived. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants unless the applicants fall into one of the categories listed below under Other Standardized Tests. The School will also accept the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

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. If you took the exam more than five years ago, ETS will no longer provide official score reports. Please email us at admissions@hsph.harvard.edu, and we will be happy to walk through options with you to determine whether you need to retake the exam.

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 Harvard Chan School 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 MPH in Health Management or Health Policy may submit GMAT scores. Send scores directly to the School with designation code HRLJ673.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT): Health Policy 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 who are currently in their first year at 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 Harvard Chan School Admissions Office.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Applicants who have taken the MCAT may submit those scores to satisfy the standardized examination requirement. The USMLE is not accepted by Harvard Chan School as a substitute. Applicants may designate SOPHAS as a recipient of MCAT scores.

Note: If SOPHAS will not allow you to enter MCAT scores due to a different format, please include the test date and scores in the “Other Relevant Information” section and have an official score report sent to our office.

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. The Harvard Chan School 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 the School at code number 3456. If you have already started your SOPHAS application, please report your scores to code 5688.

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 the Harvard Chan School.