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Admissions

Applying to Ed.L.D.

The Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) online submission and materials deadline has now passed. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available starting in early fall 2018.

Please note: the information below refers to the application for the 2018-2019 academic year, which is now closed. The application requirements may change slightly from year to year, so it is important to review the application instructions carefully when the new application is available.

A complete application to the Ed.L.D. Program typically consists of the following:

You must submit all of your required documents online, including your academic transcripts and letters of recommendation. After you enter the contact information for your three recommenders on your application, each will receive an email with instructions about logging onto our system. At that time, they will have the opportunity to fill out the Recommendation Form and upload a recommendation letter.

It is not possible to submit multiple HGSE applications for the same academic year. Ed.L.D. applicants who wish to be considered for admission to an Ed.M. program, should they not be admitted to the program to which they applied, should indicate their interest in an Ed.M. referral on their online application. They will be required to select a specific Ed.M. program (and strand, if applicable) and provide a statement regarding their referral interest.

Once all applications for fall 2018 enrollment have been reviewed, HGSE will invite selected Ed.L.D. applicants to campus for a day of required interviews (both individual and group) with members of the admissions committee. Interviews will take place on February 22-23, 2018.

Reapplying

Reapplicants who have previously applied within the past three years (i.e., for the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and/or 2018-2019 academic years) should review the reapplication process to determine which materials they do not need to resubmit.

International Students

The Harvard Graduate School of Education welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. Of the 2016-2017 incoming class, international students represented 20 percent of the student body.

International applicants must submit all standard application materials outlined above and pay special attention to the requirements for international transcripts and standardized test scores (TOEFL, IELTS).

The Harvard International Office and the HGSE Office of Student Affairs provide extensive support for international students before they depart and once they arrive in Cambridge.

Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Harvard University requires international students who need a Harvard-sponsored student visa to submit financial certification that demonstrates adequate funding for one year of study. Detailed instructions regarding this process will be available upon admission to HGSE. Please note that admitted international students requesting J-1 or F-1 visas are required to enroll full-time.