Admissions Criteria

The MD-PhD program is searching for applicants who have the potential to become leading physician-scientists. Applicants must complete the standard course requirements for consideration by Harvard Medical School and meet the minimum requirements for admission into graduate program(s) in their area of interest. Typically, the strongest applicants have also completed advanced course work in science and mathematics and have had substantial prior research experience. Applications are evaluated not only on academic performance, but also on the strength of the applicant’s research experience, personal statement, description of research interests, and inherent passion and commitment to research.

Diversity Goals

The MD-PhD Program seeks to recruit and nurture a community of students who encompass the entire spectrum of diversity within our culture at large. The program particularly encourages applications from students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Native Alaskan, and Hispanic/Latino American, as well as students with disabilities and students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws, the Harvard MD-PhD Program is committed to providing accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. To connect to the Accessible Education Office of Harvard University, click here (, or contact:

Sheila Petruccelli, Director
Phone: (617)496-8707
FAX: (617)496-1098

Or contact:
Yolanda Paul, Coordinator of Services to Students with Disabilities
Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 432-0449
Fax: (617) 432-4308

Other Helpful Links:

HMS policy on harassment and discrimination:

HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs

HMS Admissions Cultural Diversity statement

HMS Admissions

Updated: February 28, 2013