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Applying to Ed.M.

The deadline to apply to the Masters in Education (Ed.M.) has now passed. The application for fall 2022 enrollment will be available on our website by fall 2021. The list below is provided for planning purposes but actual application requirements may change for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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 2021-2022 academic year who have previously applied within the past three years (i.e., for the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and/or 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 incoming class, international students represented 25% 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 in-person 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. International students for the online Ed.M. are not required to submit this documentation and will not need a student visa.