Our Mission

To identify and attract the most promising students to form a dynamic and diverse community, and to shape them into visionary scholars, innovative educators, and creative leaders

Our Vision

To provide global leadership and innovation in graduate education

Students having a discussion in class

All admitted PhD candidates are guaranteed full financial support for five years, which comes from a range of grants and fellowships.

Professor David Mooney holding Mendelsohn award surrounded by nominating students.

GSAS students come from all over the world, including Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Poland.

GSAS community by discipline

Humanities20%

Natural Sciences56%

Social Sciences24%

GSAS offers

18 

interfaculty programs in conjunction with 9 professional schools at Harvard

4,824

Students

PhD4,599

Master's225

Students in a library

The Harvard Library is the largest in the academic world, holding 18.9 million volumes, 174,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 56 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts.

19%OF GSAS STUDENTS AREUNDERREPRESENTEDMINORITIES

Student taking notes

18,723

Applications received in 2020

48%OF GSAS STUDENTS AREWOMEN

PhD students waving flags at Commencement

The GSAS was established in 1872 and is the only School at Harvard to award the PhD.

An event at Sanders Theatre

The largest programs at GSAS are medical sciences, engineering and applied sciences, and physics.

Two male and one female students

Each year, 100 GSAS students live in Harvard’s houses and freshman dorms as resident tutors and proctors.

35% OF GSAS STUDENTS AREINTERNATIONAL