Multiple Applications

When considering applying to more than one degree program, remember that you may only submit a total of three applications to GSAS during your academic career. Please note that applications to programs affiliated with the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences count toward this limit.

To One Degree Program

GSAS will not accept multiple applications to the same degree program in a single year, even if each application notes a different area of study or a different degree (see exceptions below). If multiple applications are submitted, the earliest submitted application will be reviewed and subsequent applications will be withdrawn. Application fees are not refundable.

Exceptions

Applying to two subject areas in the Division of Medical Sciences—You may submit two applications to the Division of Medical Sciences noting a different area of study in each application. Each application must be unique, containing a separate statement of purpose, transcripts, recommendations, and test scores as required.

Applying to both a PhD and a master’s degree within Engineering and Applied Sciences—You may submit two applications to Engineering and Applied Sciences if one is for a PhD degree and one for a master’s (ME or SM) degree. Each application must be unique, containing a separate statement of purpose, transcripts, recommendations, and test scores as required.

To Several Degree Programs

GSAS will accept up to three applications to different programs in a single year. Each application must be unique, containing a separate statement of purpose, transcripts, recommendations, and test scores; each application also requires a separate application fee. Please note that each submitted application counts toward the lifetime maximum of three applications per person.

HILS-affiliated programs

Please refer to the HILS application instructions for information about applying to multiple programs.

Credit for Completed Graduate Work

PhD students may be eligible to receive credit for graduate work they completed while enrolled in a graduate program at other Harvard Schools or institutions. Students must complete at least one full term of satisfactory work at GSAS before submitting an application to the Registrar’s Office. No guarantee is given that applications will be granted.

Review Credit for Completed Graduate Work in GSAS Policies for more information.

Reapplying

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in a future year. GSAS will accept a maximum of three applications from one individual over the course of their lifetime.

Rescinding Admissions

By accepting the offer of admission, students join a community ideally characterized by free expression, free inquiry, intellectual honesty, respect for the dignity of others, and openness to constructive change, and they thereby agree to abide by the GSAS Codes of Conduct. For example, academic dishonesty, sexual and racial harassment, the use of physical violence, or lying to an officer of the University are violations of the principles on which the University is founded and may result in disciplinary action.

If an admitted candidate for admission has made misleading, incomplete, or inaccurate statements, submitted false material in connection with the application, or has been found to have engaged in academic or personal conduct that is inconsistent with the preceding paragraph, Harvard University will take appropriate action, which could include rescinding an offer of admission or revoking a degree. Newly admitted candidates are expected to inform the Office of Admissions of any past or present conduct that is inconsistent with these standards.

  • If a misrepresentation is discovered after a student has registered, the case will be reviewed by the dean of student affairs and, if appropriate, by the GSAS Administrative Board, who will determine the action to be taken.
  • If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the case will be reviewed by the dean of student affairs and, if appropriate, by the GSAS Administrative Board, who will determine the action to be taken, and the degree may be rescinded.

Transfer to Different Degree Programs

Current or former GSAS students, including those in an AB/AM or AB/SM program, who wish to apply to a new degree program, change their degree, or to transfer to a different degree program must apply through the standard admission process. Applications are due by the program deadline.

Review Transfer to Different Degree Programs in GSAS Policies for more information.