Admissions and Waitlist

Admissions Process

Admission to the PCE requires acceptance by the Admissions Committee comprised of PCE faculty.  Being accepted to the PCE does not guarantee acceptance to a degree program at the Harvard Chan School and vice versa.  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 will develop a waitlist. Each year, some accepted students withdraw or defer, and we can then offer waitlisted students a space in the Program. Waitlisted students will be contacted should space become available.