Admissions Process

Important Dates for Admission in 2016

AMCAS Available June 1, 2015
AMCAS Deadline October 15, 2015
MD-PhD Application Deadline October 22, 2015
Admission Interview Dates Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, 2015, & Jan 12, 2016
Admission Decisions Made Early-March 2016
Revisit for Accepted Applicants April 13-16, 2016
Accepted Applicants Submit Final Matriculation Decisions April 30, 2016


Admission to the MD-PhD Program is contingent upon admission to the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Pathways and/or Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program. Applicants in the basic and translational sciences do not need to complete a separate application to graduate school at this time. Application to the graduate program is usually made during the second year following matriculation in medical school.

Applicants in the social sciences, however, must complete a separate application to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Only those applicants in the social sciences who are admitted to both MD and PhD programs separately will be considered for offers of funding.

There are two application cycles during the academic year for students applying to the MD-PhD Program. The first cycle is for new HMS applicants applying to medical school for the Pathways and/or the HST Program. The second cycle is for medical students currently enrolled. Evaluation of applicants is based upon careful review of all materials. Please note that letters of recommendations from research supervisor(s) are an important component in the evaluation process. 

Updated: June 26, 2015