Application Checklist

This checklist is meant for applicants to our Ph.D., M.E., S.M., or A.B./S.M. programs only.  

(Applicants to the Master in Design Engineering will find information for that program here. Applicants to the MS/MBA:Engineering Sciences will find more information here.)

  • The completed and submitted Harvard GSAS Application; select program "Engineering and Applied Sciences."

  • The statement of purpose.

  • C.V. or Resume.

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • Your transcripts.  Please upload copies of all transcripts to the Academic Background section of the online application; unofficial copies are acceptable. Additional academic information should be uploaded to the Additional Academic Background section as needed.

  • Official ETS GRE revised General Test score report. The school code to use to submit your GRE score is 3451.
    *The general GRE test is not required for students applying to our Ph.D. program.  Ph.D. applicants are welcome to submit a GRE score if they wish, but applicants will not be at a disadvantage if they choose not to.    The GRE is required for applications to our terminal masters programs (the S.M. and M.E. degrees). 

  • The GRE subject test is not required, but applicants are welcome to submit scores from a subject test if they wish to have it considered as part of their application.  Applicants should chose which subject test to take based on thier own preparation and interests. The school code to use to submit your GRE subject score is 3451.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score report. The school code to use to submit your TOEFL score is 3451.  SEAS also accept the IELTS in place of the TOEFL.

    *TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an institution at which English is the language of instruction.  The score must be valid at the time of entry into the program.  Note that a masters degree from an English-speaking institution does not meet this requirement.   

  • The application fee of $105.00

  • Supplemental Data form (becomes available after application is submitted).

Additional Information:

We do 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.  If you are unable to visit campus, we offer an on-line version of the information session that shares the same information.   Information session dates can be found here.

When requesting official score reports, indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Code 3451. Leave the department code blank.

Please do not send multimedia-based documents or files, theses, or academic papers. We recommend listing such achievements on your C.V. or Resume.

GSAS Admissions Checklist

Applicants to SEAS are also responsible for fulfilling the GSAS admission requirements.  Please visit the GSAS Admissions Checklist for more information.


Visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions webpage.