GSAS Application for Admission

Below is a description of the information requested from all PhD applicants in the online GSAS application.

General Information

  • Program Name and Subject (Field of Study) Name
  • Contact information, date of birth, gender
  • College/university attended, dates, field, degree, GPA
  • Name, institution, and position of 3 recommenders (online submission of letters)
  • GRE Test Scores (Note: GRE is not required, but instead recommended for Fall 2021 admissions only.) Typically, the GRE is required and cannot be substituted though scores from other tests can be uploaded as additional documentation. There are also spaces to include GRE Subject scores and GMAT scores (though again they cannot be a substitute for the GRE).
  • TOEFL scores must be submitted if an applicant’s native language is not English and he/she does not hold the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction. The minimum score on the internet-based test for this program is 100.
  • (Optional) Citizenship, race/ethnicity, and native language
  • Previous applicant to GSAS and previous degree obtained from GSAS
  • Academic Honors/Fellowships
  • Withdrawn from a term/dismissal/transfer
  • Anything unusual in academic record or career pattern
  • Please describe any project(s) that required independent work on your part and/or laboratories in which you have conducted independent research.
  • List any articles, books, and other material published, and any inventions.
  • Employment experience (including part-time) since secondary school
  • Mathematics background – list all university math courses taken
  • Language background – list all foreign languages study, spoken, read, and how acquired
  • List non-Harvard fellowships to which you have applied
  • List up to 3 faculty whose research fields seem closest to your own interest
  • Harvard faculty consulted regarding admission and how and when communication occurred
  • Other universities (Program/Department) to which applying
  • List other Harvard schools to which applying
  • Are you applying for the MD-PhD at HMS or the JD-PhD at HLS (not applicable to PHS applicants)
  • Title of sample of written work, and, if applicable, website of examples of work
  • Abstract of courses taken in 1) intended Field of Study and GPA, and 2) taken in related fields.
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen program of study at Harvard. What experiences led you to your research ambitions? Concisely state your past work in your intended field of study. Briefly indicate your career objectives. Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words.

Additional Statement of Purpose instructions for applicants to the PhD Program in Population Health Sciences

Please ensure that your Statement of Purpose covers the following points (1,000 word limit):

  1. Your motivation in seeking doctoral-level training in Population Health Sciences in your chosen Field of Study at Harvard.
  2. A self-assessment of any past research experience and analytical skills.
  3. A description of your current research interests and a suggestion of up to 3 faculty members whose work most closely matches your research interests.
  4. Your career aspirations.

Required uploads to the online GSAS application system

  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of standardized test report(s)
  • Copy of transcript(s) from all U.S. and overseas institutions in English
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (e.g. term paper, senior thesis, master’s thesis, 1st authored report or manuscript, etc. not to exceed 10 single-spaced pages)

See the GSAS website for specific information on test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

All applicants to the Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences must submit the Supplemental Application Form, which is part of the online GSAS application system.

Below is a description of the supplemental information requested. All applicants must fill out this supplemental application section.

  • Indicate Area of Specialization within desired Field of Study
  • Indicate interest in another Field of Study, if applicable.
  • Indicate prior study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Indicate current enrollment at Harvard Medical School
  • Describe any challenges or obstacles faced