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Standardized Tests

Please note that 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.

All applicants to a degree program at HGSE are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) applicants ONLY may choose to submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.

Applicants must also submit current scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for Academic Purposes exam if their native language is not English and they do not have a bachelor's degree from an institution where English was the sole language of instruction.

Please visit the links below for answers to frequently asked questions about our standardized test requirements.

Information about average accepted student test scores is available on our 2018-2019 Class Profile.