How to Apply to SEAS Graduate Programs

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

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

Students with bachelor's degrees in the natural or quantitative 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 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

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

SEAS and GSAS require electronic submission of the entire application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.

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 information session is the best way to have your questions answered in person. More information about our information sessions can be found here.