Admissions

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences welcomes applications for admission from individuals who have or will have by the time of matriculation a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree (for prospective international students, a three- or four-year undergraduate degree from an institution of recognized standing) and actively seeks applicants from groups historically underrepresented in graduate schools. All degree candidates are admitted for full-time study beginning in the fall term.

Immigration status does not factor into decisions about admissions and financial aid. For more information, see Undocumented at Harvard.

If you already hold a PhD or its equivalent, or are an advanced doctoral candidate at another institution, you may apply to a PhD program only if it is in an unrelated field of study; however, preference for admissions and financial aid will be given to those who have not already had an opportunity to study for a doctoral degree at Harvard or elsewhere. You may also want to consider pursuing non-degree study through our Special Student or Visiting Fellow programs.

Eligible Harvard College students with advanced standing may apply in the fall of their junior year to earn an AM or SM degree during their final year of undergraduate study. Interested students must contact the Office of Undergraduate Education for eligibility details before applying.

Questions about the application or required materials should be directed to the GSAS Admissions Office at admiss@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-6100. 

Required Application Materials


A complete application consists of:

  • Online application form

  • Application fee payment* ($105)

  • Transcripts uploaded to the application

  • Letters of recommendation (at least 3)

  • Statement of purpose

  • GRE General exam scores -  optional for Fall 2023 admission 

  • Demonstration of English proficiency, where required

GSAS may request additional academic documents, as needed.

*GSAS is committed to ensuring that our application fee does not create a financial obstacle for prospective applicants. Application fee waivers are available to those for whom payment of the application fee would be financially challenging. Applicants can determine eligibility for a fee waiver by completing a series of questions in the Application Fee section of the application. Once these questions have been completed, the application system will provide an immediate response regarding fee waiver eligibility.

The following Psychology faculty members do not plan to recommend applicants for admission in Fall 2023: 

  • Mahzarin Banaji 
  • Alfonso Caramazza 
  • Susan Carey
  • Mina Cikara
  • Dan Gilbert
  • Mark Hatzenbuehler
  • Jill Hooley
  • Matt Nock
  • Steve Pinker
  • Leah Somerville
  • John Weisz