Admissions Process

Important Dates for Admission in 2019

AMCAS Available Approx. June 1, 2019
AMCAS Deadline October 15, 2019
MD-PhD Application Deadline October 22, 2019
Admission Interview Dates Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19, Dec 3, 2019, & Jan 7, 2020
Admission Decisions Made Early-March 2020
Revisit for Accepted Applicants April 1-4, 2020
Accepted Applicants Submit Final Matriculation Decisions April 30, 2020


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. 

For questions, please contact or 617.432.0991.

Updated: March 20, 2019