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Who Studies at HGSE?

Teachers, entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and artists — HGSE students defy a single mold, but share a singularly vital goal: to make a difference through education.

The 13 master's programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education attract extraordinary students from every imaginable background: classroom teachers, district leaders, nonprofit workers, public policy researchers, social entrepreneurs, and software engineers. Our doctoral programs draw emerging leaders in research, policy, and practice committed to improving educational opportunities in America and around the world. Our diversity is our greatest strength. We are a community of talented, compassionate, and ambitious individuals united by a shared purpose: making a difference in the lives of learners of all ages.

2019-2020 Entering Class 

Individual class profiles vary significantly by program, but here is the big picture for the class that entered in 2019-2020:

* The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program enrolled its final cohort in fall 2013; the Ph.D. in Education enrolled its first cohort in fall 2014.

Rate of Study: Full-time: 96%  |  Part-time: 4%

Gender Ratio: Female: 75%  |  Male: 25%

Geographical Distribution: 41 states, D.C., and 52 countries of citizenship

International Students: 25%

Students of color: 33%

Age Breakdown

Ph.D. students

Ed.L.D. students

Ed.M. students

Range: 21 to 38

Range: 28 to 42

Range: 20 to 60

Average: 28

Average: 34

Average: 28

Years of Work

Ph.D. students

Ed.L.D. students

Ed.M. students

Range: 1 to 15

Range: 6 to 19

Range: 0 to 30

Average: 5.2

Average: 10.3

Average: 4.2

Note: All class profile numbers are accurate as of October 4, 2019.

General Record Test (GRE) Scores for Admitted Students

Ph.D. students

Ed.L.D. Students

Ed.M. Students

Verbal Average: 92 (percentile)

Verbal Average: 77 (percentile)

Verbal Average: 80 (percentile)

Quantitative Average: 72 (percentile)

Quantitative Average: 45 (percentile)

Quantitative Average: 59 (percentile)

Analytical Writing Average: 5.1

Analytical Writing Average: 4.6

Analytical Writing Average: 4.5