Adequate command of spoken and written English is essential to success in graduate study at Harvard. Applicants who are non-native English speakers can demonstrate English proficiency in one of three ways:
- Receiving an undergraduate degree from an academic institution where English is the primary language of instruction.*
- Earning a minimum score of 80 on the Internet based test (iBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)**
- Earning a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test.**
A master’s degree or other graduate degree is not accepted as proof of English proficiency.
*Special note for applicants with an undergraduate degree from a US institution where English was not the primary language of instruction: if a portion of your program was conducted in English, you may petition for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Contact email@example.com for details.
**Some degree programs may require a higher score on either the TOEFL or IELTS. Visit your degree program page of interest for more information.
Sending TOEFL/IELTS Scores
When taking the TOEFL or IELTS, you will have an opportunity to request that your scores be sent to your academic institutions of choice. Be sure to select Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as each Harvard admissions office has its own identification or school code. To ensure that your scores are matched to your applicant record, the First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth on your test score report must match the information you enter in the GSAS Applicant Portal. Score reports must be sent to GSAS by the application deadline.
- Use ETS code 3451 to send TOEFL scores to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (if a department code is required, use code 99).
- Send IELTS scores to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences via the IELTS Test Center E-Delivery service.
TOEFL/IELTS tests must be taken within two years of your expected date of matriculation. If you are applying for fall 2023 admission, you must submit scores from tests taken no earlier than September 1, 2021.
- GSAS accepts scores from iBT TOEFL, TOEFL Home Edition, IELTS Academic, or IELTS Indicator.
- An official TOEFL score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is required. If you have personal score reports from tests taken within the valid period (as described above), you can upload them to your application in addition to requesting that your scores be sent.
What contact information should I use to send my IELTS scores to GSAS?
Use the IELTS Test Center E-Delivery service to send IELTS scores to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Our address, to identify us in the IELTS system, is 1350 Massachusetts Ave. Smith Campus Center 350, Cambridge, MA 02138. Paper test report forms will not be accepted at this address.
Do you accept TOEFL MyBest score reports?
No. You must list each test date separately in the application, and the official test score report for each reported test date must be sent to ETS code 3451.