Admissions Process

Important Dates for Admission in 2017

AMCAS Available June 7, 2016
AMCAS Deadline October 15, 2016
MD-PhD Application Deadline October 24, 2016
Admission Interview Dates Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, 2016, & Jan 10, 2017
Admission Decisions Made Early-March 2017
Revisit for Accepted Applicants April 19-22, 2017
Accepted Applicants Submit Final Matriculation Decisions April 30, 2017


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.

Some applicants in the social sciences must complete a separate application to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Currently, the following social science programs do not need to complete a separate application: Economics, Health Policy, History of Science, Population Health Sciences and Religion.

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: September 27, 2016