How to Apply to SEAS Graduate Programs

All prospective graduate students apply to SEAS through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

All students begin graduate study in the fall term. We do not offer rolling admissions.

Students with bachelor's degrees in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering are invited to apply for admission. Applications from minorities and women are particularly welcome.

All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend.

If you have basic questions about the application process see:

SEAS-Specific Questions:  If you have any additional questions about admissions to graduate programs at SEAS, please contact the Office of Student Affairs by phone at 617-495-2833 or via email at admissions@seas.harvard.edu.

General Admissions Questions:  Please call GSAS by phone between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday through Friday, at 617.496.6100 or via email at admiss@fas.harvard.edu.

Admissions Timeline

SeptemberGSAS Application Available
December 16thGSAS Application Due Date (by 5 p.m. EST)
Mid-DecemberBegin to process applications
JanuaryReview applications
FebruaryReview applications
Early MarchDecision letters mailed
April 15Reply date for admitted students

To Apply

 Note: SEAS requires electronic submission of the application and strongly prefers electronic submission of the letters of recommendation. SEAS does not accept late applications.