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Please note: the information below refers to the HGSE application for enrollment in the Ed.L.D., Ed.M., and C.A.S. programs.

Applications for the Ph.D. in Education must be submitted through the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For information about the Ph.D. application, please visit the GSAS Application Instructions and Information, as well as the HGSE How to Apply and Ph.D. FAQ pages.


The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accept a maximum of three applications from one individual over the course of his or her lifetime.

You are eligible to reapply for the 2020-2021 academic year without resubmitting all supporting documents if one or both of your previous applications were for the 2017-2018, 2018-2019, or 2019-2020 academic years. In these cases, the requirements are as follows:

*If you are reapplying to the C.A.S. program, please be sure to follow the instructions found on the C.A.S. application page.

Reapplying to a Different Program

If you are a reapplicant applying to a program that is different from your prior application(s), we encourage you to submit three new/updated letters of recommendation. It is helpful to the admissions committee when recommenders comment specifically on the applicant’s abilities as they relate to the program in question.

Unofficial transcripts do not need to be resubmitted during the application process unless new courses were taken or a new degree program was completed. GRE scores (or GMAT scores, if applicable) only need to be resubmitted if the score report is from a test administered before February 1, 2015. If applicable, TOEFL scores only need to be resubmitted if the score report is from a test administered before February 1, 2018.

If you applied for any academic year prior to 2017-2018, you must resubmit all of your supporting documents when you reapply.

Current HGSE Students and HGSE Alumni

Currently registered HGSE degree candidates and HGSE alumni who applied for admission for the 2017-2018,  2018-2019, or 2019-2020 academic years may follow the "Reapplication Procedures" outlined above. Alumni and current students are advised, however, to obtain a minimum of two new letters of recommendation.

HGSE alumni who graduated before 2018 must submit a new application and all supporting documents, with the exception of the HGSE transcript – the Admissions Office will obtain this document on your behalf. Additionally, it is not necessary to resubmit applicable test scores unless they have expired.

Non-degree HGSE students must submit an application and all supporting documents, including their HGSE transcript.