Admissions Requirements and Process

Consideration will be given to applicants who are ready to tackle the world’s most complex challenges and 1) have at least two years of professional experience in engineering, design, business, government, or other fields; 2) hold a degree in design, engineering, sciences, social sciences, or a related field; and 3) have demonstrated technical literacy (see below) and multidisciplinary design interests.  Applicants must be prepared to submit a portfolio/project description.

Applicants should have a broad set of interests and be ready to embrace studies in an interdisciplinary setting that relies heavily on collaboration.  In addition to a portfolio, applicants will be required to submit a brief essay that describes their interest in addressing complex human problems, their particular domain of interest, and how they will utilize this degree to achieve their goals.

Technical literacy might include mathematical skills at the level of calculus, statistics and experience in coding applications and using advanced computer simulation tools. For students without sufficient experience, a small number of electives and/or online courses and/or summer “boot-camps” can be used to “top up” their technical background.  The design portfolio should provide examples and/or descriptions of the candidate’s work/design experience including but not limited to building designs, mechanical designs, and designs of electronic systems. 

The application of every applicant will be evaluated by a joint committee of GSD and SEAS faculty, including the co-directors, who will evaluate and determine the suitability of applicants based on their demonstrated capabilities, statements of purpose, and design portfolios, with consideration toward creating a well-balanced cohort. 

The application deadline is January 20, 2017. The Admissions Committee will review applicants during January and February 2017. Admissions decisions will be communicated in early March 2017. Apply now at https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/design-engineering/admissions/