The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a wealth of detailed and useful information about diversity at Harvard, graduate education, all aspects of the application process, and financial aid resources, as well as descriptions of the activities of some of the student organizations at Harvard. 

You can download Perspectives (PDF), a brochure for minority students considering GSAS programs at Harvard.


There is a broad range of opportunities in various industries for those graduating with a graduate degree in the Biomedical Sciences.  The Career Services Office offers workshops on grant writing, presentation delivery, interviewing and negotiating skills and developing your CV.


Student Groups

W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society is an organization of GSAS students and others devoted to addressing minority issues. The aims of the society are twofold: to be a forum where students can meet to discuss concerns of race and ethnicity, and to provide a social, intellectual, and political institution for minority student activities. In addition, the society wishes to serve as a liaison to welcome new and visiting minority scholars to the Harvard community.


Minority Biomedical Students at Harvard (MBSH) is a student organization of the Division of Medical Sciences, the Graduate School’s interfaculty PhD program with Harvard Medical School. The mission of MBSH is to create a sense of community amongst the minority graduate and postdoctoral scholars working in the biomedical sciences. It publishes a weekly newsletter that includes links to numerous events of interest, including research seminars, seminars for professional development, job postings, and updates on accomplishments of MBSH members.


The Multicultural Student Alliance is comprised of six minority student health-related organizations. It implements programs and addresses issues that have an impact on current and prospective students in programs based at Harvard Medical School. The six organizations that make up the Alliance are: the Black Health Organization, Medical Students of Las Americas, the Student National Medical Association, Meeting of Students Addressing Intercultural Concerns, the Student National Dental Association, and the Native American Health Organization, which seeks to increase the awareness among members of the Harvard community of their Native American heritage as well as the health care issues affecting the Native American community.


Harvard Native American Program brings together Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and interested individuals from the Harvard community for the purpose of advancing the well-being of indigenous peoples through self-determination, academic achievement, and community service.


Biomedical Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)


Off Campus Recruiting

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)



Quick Links

Harvard and GSAS Resources


Harvard GSAS Student Handbook
GSAS Calendar
Harvard University Health Services
Tax Information
Bureau of Study Council
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Office of Career Services
Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas





MBTA. Boston’s public transportation system is called the MBTA and is widely used by its residents.  Students can receive a discounted MBTA pass each semester.

Harvard M2. The M2 shuttle bus runs from Harvard Medical School to the Cambridge campus (Harvard Square) via MIT and is free to all of our students.

Harvard Shuttle. These buses run on five different routes, covering most of the main streets of the Cambridge campus.

Biking. Biking around Boston is one of the best and fastest way to explore the city. Students can register their bike with the Harvard Parking Office to receive access to the Longwood Medical Area bike cages.  Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition provides maps of bike trails as well as other information regarding bike travel in Boston.


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