Admissions Information

All necessary information for applying to the Immunology Ph.D. Program is located below.


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.


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/IELTS Requirements:


GRE Tests:


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General and Subject tests are optional; if you choose to take a subject test, you can take it in the subject of your choice.


If you would like to submit GRE scores 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 10/1/2015 onward for the 2020 - 2021 application year.

For more information, visit the GRE website at or call the Educational testing Service at 609-771-7670.


English Proficiency:


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 prove their English proficiency by earning either a minimum score of 100 on the Internet based test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test. Some programs may require a higher score. Applicants who took tests more than two years ago (i.e., before September 1, 2018, for fall 2020 admission) must retake them. No test other than the iBT TOEFL or the IELTS Academic will be accepted as proof of English proficiency; a master’s degree is not accepted as proof of English proficiency.

For those students planning to submit TOEFL scores, please arrange to have an official score report sent to the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences using code 3451. If you have a copy of your Score Confirmation Report, you can upload it to your online application for consideration by the admissions committee. However, you will still need to ensure that Educational Testing Service sends an official score report.

For those students planning to submit IELTS scores, please note that we will only accept official IELTS Academic scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center via the E-Delivery service. Scores from the IELTS General Training module are not accepted. At the time of test-taking, please specify Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as a score recipient. We do not accept IELTS paper Test Report Forms nor do we verify Test Report Forms (TRFs).

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 before submitting your application.


Applicants must upload an unofficial official copy of their transcript/s to their online application by the admission deadline. Paper copies are not accepted during the admission process. 

Upon acceptance of the offer of admission and prior to enrollment, Harvard will require submission of a hard copy of official transcript/s sent to Harvard directly from their home institution/s. This transcript is considered official when it is sent directly from an institution to the Graduate School Admissions Office at Harvard University 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 Harvard University.  Once opened, the transcript is no longer considered official.  It must remain sealed when mailed to Harvard for the purpose of enrollment.

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.


The application for Fall 2021 matriculation is now open. Please click here to apply.

The application deadline is December 1, 2020 at 5:00pm Eastern time. 

In order to apply to one of the six programs within the Division of Medical Sciences:

  1. Select "Division of Medical Sciences" from the program selection drop down menu
  2. Select from the subject drop down the Ph.D. subject for which you are applying:
    • Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics (BIG)
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)
    • Immunology
    • Neuroscience
    • Speech & Hearing Bioscience Technology
    • Virology


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please click here to see the answers to many commonly asked questions.


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