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Applying to Ed.M.

The deadline to apply to the Master's in Education (Ed.M.) has now passed. The application for fall 2020 enrollment will be available on our website by fall 2019. The list below is provided for planning purposes but actual application requirements may change for the 2020–2021 academic year.

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

The Ed.M. online submission and materials received deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year was Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. Master's decisions will be made available online in late March 2019.

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 apply to multiple Ed.M. programs for the same academic year. However, admissions committees have the discretion to refer files in cases where they feel the applicant might be better suited in another Ed.M. program.

Interviews are not part of the Ed.M. application process.


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

Applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year 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 2017-2018 incoming class, international students represented 22 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.