Applying and Interviewing


for the Ph.D. Program in Immunology



All necessary information for applying to the Immunology Ph.D. Program is located below. You may also view frequently asked questions.


Application deadline for fall 2014 incoming class: December 2, 2013, 5PM EST

All materials, including letters of recommendation and official reports of the GRE, must be received by the application deadline. GRE tests should be taken no later than September for official scores to arrive in time.


The Online Application is located here.


Student Qualifications:

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate strong enthusiasm and ability for the vigorous pursuit of scientific knowledge. Minimal requirements include a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate preparation in the sciences. Strong consideration is given to letters of recommendation, particularly to comments from individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s research experience.


GRE and TOEFL Requirements:


GRE Tests:


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 to ensure that score reports arrive in time to be considered.


Scores are valid for five years. They are valid from 10/1/2008 onward for the 2014 – 2015 application year.

For more information, visit the GRE website at 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, 2013 must repeat the test. 

For more information, visit the TOEFL website at or call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7100.


Completed Application:

Your Online Application must include:

Statement of Purpose
Scanned and uploaded CV
Scanned and uploaded student copy of your GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores
Scanned and uploaded student copy of your transcript(s) from all institutions where courses were taken after the equivalent of American high school
Scanned and uploaded certificates, or any other items you deem pertinent
Three Letters of Recommendation (NOTE – DMS requires online submission of all letters of recommendation. DMS does not accept paper letters of recommendation.)
Application Fee of $105

Items sent via postal mail:
Official Transcripts

Mail official transcripts to:

Division of Medical Sciences
Student Affairs
TMEC 435
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Items sent by ETS:

Official ETS GRE General Test Score Report sent to code 3451
Official ETS TOEFL (if required) Test Score Report sent to code 3451

The only materials DMS will accept in paper form are official transcripts. Any other items sent to DMS by mail will NOT be included as part of your application.

Application Fee:

$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.

Letters of Recommendation:

DMS does 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.

Once your application is submitted it can no longer be altered. Please make sure you have a complete application (see above) before submitting your application.

Financial Aid:

Applicants to the Immunology Program should NOT complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study. These students receive full tuition and stipend support while they are enrolled.

Frequently Asked Questions