Important Information on the Application Process for the
2013-2014 Academic Year
Matriculants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree.
For specific information about the Division of Medical Sciences, its programs, and related programs elsewhere at Harvard, visit our websites at: www.hms.harvard.edu/dms; gsas.harvard.edu and gsas.harvard.edu/hils.
Online Application & Deadline
The deadline to submit your online application will be approximately December 3, 2012, 5:00 PM EST. The online application website will open in late September. To avoid submission backlog, we recommend that you complete your application well in advance of the deadline.
To apply to the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School, you should complete the online Graduate School of Arts and Sciences(GSAS) admissions application. Paper applications will not be accepted. The only materials we will accept in paper form are official transcripts, and official GRE and TOEFL scores sent by ETS. Any other paper items sent to us by mail will NOT be included as part of your application.
DMS is listed on the GSAS application’s "Program Selection" page as Medical Sciences (Division of). To apply to a DMS program, you should thus select "Medical Sciences (Division of)" as your program choice from the pull down menu at the “Please select your program” box on the Program Selection page. Then, using the pull down menu at the “Subject” box right below this, you must select one of the six specific subjects areas within the Division of Medical Sciences to apply to.
Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) 4450
Biological and Biomedical Sciences(BBS) 4420**
Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) 4419
**BBS applicants should complete the “Areas of Interest” form on page 6 of the online application.
Areas of interest are:
Biochemistry and Proteomics
Genetics and Genomics
Microbial Biology and Pathogenesis
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Therapeutics, Targets and Discovery
$105.00 U.S. (subject to change) The online application fee must be paid by credit card. Your application will not be processed unless payment is submitted and received. No other form of payment is accepted.
Applicants to the Division of Medical Sciences other than international applicants to the SHBT program should NOT complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study. These students receive full tuition and stipend support while they are enrolled. International applicants to the SHBT program who are not permanent legal residents of the US must complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required. The GRE Subject test is optional; if you choose to take a subject test, you can take it in the subject of your choice.
When requesting GRE score reports, be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University, Graduate Division, Arts and Sciences code 3451. No department code is required.
We strongly recommend that applicants take the GRE General test no later than September 2012 to ensure that score reports arrive in time to be considered.
Scores are valid for five years. They are valid from 10/1/2007 onward for the 2013– 2014 application year.
For more information, visit the GRE website or call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7670.
English Proficiency/(TOEFL Test)
Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit scores from the Internet based test (IBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541. When requesting official score reports, be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3451. If an “Applicant’s Score Confirmation Report” is available, scan and upload it as a pdf to the online admissions application. However, the official institutional score report sent by ETS to the Graduate School (3451) is still required. A minimum of 100 on the Internet based test (IBT) on the TOEFL is required for consideration by the Division of Medical Sciences’ programs. No test other than the TOEFL IBT will be acceptable as proof of English Proficiency.
Applicants holding only a master’s degree from an English-language university will need to provide scores for the TOEFL test. This requirement cannot be waived. Applicants who took the TOEFL two years ago by December 1, 2012 must repeat the test.
For more information, visit the TOEFL website at http://www.toefl.org or call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7100.
Abstract of Courses
Applicants to BBS, BIG, Immunology, Neuroscience or Virology should NOT complete the Abstract of Courses.
Applicants to SHBT MUST complete the Abstract of Courses.
Application materials are kept on file for one year. Applicants who filed more than one year ago should follow regular application instructions. Please go to the GSAS webpage and see Reapplication for more details.
Your application is complete when the following materials are submitted:
Online Application including:
Statement of Purpose
Scanned and uploaded CV (.pdf preferred)
Scanned and uploaded student copy of your GRE, TOEFL scores (.pdf preferred)
Scanned and uploaded student copy of your transcript/s from all institutions where courses were taken after the equivalent of American high school (.pdf preferred)
Scanned and uploaded certificates, or any other items you deem pertinent (.pdf preferred)
Letters of Recommendation (NOTE – we require online submission of all letters of recommendation. We do not accept paper letters of recommendation.)
Items sent via postal mail:
- Official Transcripts
Items sent by ETS:
- Official ETS GRE General Test Score Report
- Official ETS TOEFL (if required) Test Score Report
The only materials we will accept in paper form are Official transcripts and official GRE and TOEFL scores. Any other items sent to us by mail will NOT be included as part of your application.
A transcript is considered official when it is sent directly from an institution directly to the Division of Medical Sciences, or when a copy is given to an applicant in a sealed envelope which has been signed on the back flap, and then mailed directly to the Division of Medical Sciences.
Once opened, the transcript is no longer official. It must remain sealed when mailed to us. We prefer that official transcripts be sent directly by the educational institution and mailed to:
Division of Medical Sciences
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Letters of Recommendation
We do not accept any paper letters of recommendation. Be sure to register your recommenders’ information in your application, as all recommendation letters must be submitted online. Paper letters of recommendation will NOT be included as part of your application.