How to Apply to SEAS Graduate Programs

All prospective graduate students to our Ph.D., M.E., S.M., and A.B./S.M. programs apply to SEAS through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Students interested in the Master in Design Engineering with the Harvard Graduate School of Design will find information about applying to that program here.

Students interested in the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences program offered jointly with Harvard Business School will find information about applying to that program here.

We do not offer rolling admissions to our Ph.D., M.E., S.M., or A.B./S.M. programs.   All students begin graduate study in the fall term only. 

Students with bachelor's degrees in the natural or quantitative sciences, mathematics, or engineering are invited to apply for admission

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 Graduate Admissions Office via email at

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


Admissions Timeline for Ph.D., M.E., S.M., and A.B./S.M. Programs 

(Note: The Master in Design Engineering and the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences have different deadlines and timetables.)
September GSAS Application becomes available
December 15th SEAS Application Deadline (by 5 p.m. EST)
Mid-Late December Review of applications begins
January Review of applications continues
Early February Review of applications continues
Mid February Decision notifications are made by GSAS and SEAS
April 15 Reply/Decision date for admitted students

To Apply

Additional Information
SEAS and GSAS require electronic submission of the entire application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.  Please do not send us any hard copy materials.

SEAS does not require an interview as part of the application process and we cannot offer applicants the opportunity for in person interview with the admissions staff.  Attending a SEAS Ph.D. admissions information session is the best way to have your questions answered in person. We also offer an online version of the information session for those who aren't able to visit campus in person. More information about our information sessions can be found here.