To be considered for admissions, applicants must have a bachelors degree. Undergraduate applicants in his/her senior year are welcome to apply. Here is what you will need to apply:

Required Application Materials

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses:
Self-reported transcripts are accepted for both all programs at the application stage. Applicants must upload copies of his/her transcripts to the online application system.  Hard copy transcripts will only be required if admitted to a program, prior to enrollment. 
  • Current GMAT or GRE scores (see details below)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers see details below)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source). Recommendation letters must be submitted online through the online application system. Hard copy recommendation letters will not be accepted.
  • $105 application fee via credit card
  • Optional writing sample (no more than 10 pages)


All applicants are required to take either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Submitted test scores must not be older than five years, and must be from a test taken between December 1, 2014 and December 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 enrollment. Applicants are, however, advised to take the exam no later than mid-November. There is no minimum test score requirement, and admissions committee does not have a preference in tests.

  • Institution Codes for PhD Programs
  • GRE: 3451
  • GMAT: HRL-X8-30

A department code is not required for score submission.

International Applications

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

Submitted scores must be from a test taken between September 1, 2018 and December 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 enrollment. The committee prefers scores of at least 100 on the TOEFL test. For the IELTS, the committee prefers scores of at least 7.5.

  • Institution Codes for Toefl score reports
  • PhD programs: 3451


Applicants who applied last year are considered reapplicants. Those reapplying must submit a completely new application. The new application must include all required documents to be provided by the applicant - we will not re-use material previously submitted.  These materials include an updated statement of purpose, transcripts, test score reports, updated letters of recommendation, the application fee, and any other supporting materials.  

Please note, Harvard University will accept no more than three applications from any one individual over the course of his/her lifetime.