Admissions Information

All necessary information for applying to the Immunology Ph.D. Program is located below.


All materials, including letters of recommendation and official reports of the GRE, must be received by the application deadline. GRE tests should be taken no later than September for official scores to arrive in time.


Student Qualifications:

To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate strong enthusiasm and ability for the vigorous pursuit of scientific knowledge. Minimal requirements include a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate preparation in the sciences. Strong consideration is given to letters of recommendation, particularly to comments from individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s research experience.


GRE and TOEFL Requirements:


GRE Tests:


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General and Subject tests are optional; if you choose to take a subject test, you can take it in the subject of your choice.


If you would like to submit GRE scores be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University, Graduate Division, Arts and Sciences code 3451. No department code is required.


We strongly recommend that applicants take the GRE General test no later than September to ensure that score reports arrive in time to be considered.


Scores are valid for five years. They are valid from 10/1/2015 onward for the 2020 - 2021 application year.

For more information, visit the GRE website at or call the Educational testing Service at 609-771-7670.


English Proficiency/TOEFL Test:


Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit scores from the Internet based test (IBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541.


When requesting official score reports, be sure to indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3451. If an “Applicant’s Score Confirmation Report” is available, scan and upload it as a pdf to the online admissions application. However, the official institutional score report sent by ETS to the Graduate School (3451) is still required. A minimum of 100 on the Internet based test (IBT) on the TOEFL is required for consideration by the Division of Medical Sciences’ programs. No test other than the TOEFL IBT will be acceptable as proof of English Proficiency.

Applicants holding only a master’s degree from an English-language university will need to provide scores for the TOEFL test. This requirement cannot be waived. Applicants who took the TOEFL two years ago by December 1, 2014 must repeat the test. 

For more information, visit the TOEFL website at or call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7100.


Items sent by ETS:

Official ETS GRE General Test Score Report sent to code 3451
Official ETS TOEFL (if required) Test Score Report sent to code 3451

Application Fee:

$105.00 U.S. (subject to change) The online application fee must be paid by credit card. Your application will not be processed unless payment is submitted and received. No other form of payment is accepted.

Letters of Recommendation:

DMS does not accept any paper letters of recommendation. Be sure to register your recommenders’ information in your application, as all recommendation letters must be submitted online. Paper letters of recommendation will NOT be included as part of your application.

Once your application is submitted it can no longer be altered. Please make sure you have a complete application before submitting your application.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must upload an official copy of their transcript/s to their online application by the admission deadline. Paper copies are not accepted during the admission process. An official copy is one that is prepared by the Registrar of the applicant’s home institution/s and given to the student for the purpose of applying for admission.

Upon acceptance of the offer of admission and prior to enrollment, Harvard will require submission of a hard copy of official transcript/s sent to Harvard directly from their home institution/s. This transcript is considered official when it is sent directly from an institution to the Graduate School Admissions Office at Harvard University or when a copy is given to an applicant in a sealed envelope which has been signed on the back flap, and then mailed directly to Harvard University.  Once opened, the transcript is no longer considered official.  It must remain sealed when mailed to Harvard for the purpose of enrollment.

Financial Aid:

Applicants to the Immunology Program should NOT complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study. These students receive full tuition and stipend support while they are enrolled.


The application for Fall 2020 admission is now available here.

In order to apply to one of the six programs within the Division of Medical Sciences:

  1. Select "Division of Medical Sciences" from the program selection drop down menu
  2. Select from the subject drop down the Ph.D. subject for which you are applying:
    • Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics (BIG)
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)
    • Immunology
    • Neuroscience
    • Speech & Hearing Bioscience Technology
    • Virology


The application deadline is December 1, 2019 at 5:00pm eastern time.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please click here to see the answers to many commonly asked questions.


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