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.M. program typically consists of the following:
- Online Application Form
- Statement of Purpose and Resume
- Three letters of recommendation (submitted through the online application system)
- Standardized test score(s):
- Transcript(s) from each postsecondary institution attended (uploaded with the online application)
- $85 application fee (paid via credit card with the online application)
- Several Ed.M. programs have additional application requirements
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.
Applicants 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.
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).
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.