Admissions

Requirements for admission are highly flexible and each application is judged on its own merits. Students with backgrounds in applied math, biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, engineering, physics, and related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. When applying, applicants should list up to three EPS faculty whose research fields are closest to their interests. For lists of faculty working in specific research areas, please browse our study and research areas.

Note regarding the GRE: GRE scores are accepted as part of the application but are not required.

Once enrolled, all graduate students are provided generous financial support, including research and teaching assistantships, full tuition, and a research allowance. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for outside funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation prior to gaining admission.

EPS admits students for the PhD only; we do not admit students for the Master of Arts (AM) degree.

For admission in Fall 2021, the application deadline is January 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All details about the application process and required materials can be found at GSAS Admissions.

Note regarding admissions: For those prospective applicants for whom the application fee would be a financial hardship, GSAS offers need-based fee waivers. Email admiss@fas.harvard.edu to request a fee waiver request form. Please note that no application for admission can be considered before the application fee has been paid or a fee waiver request has been approved.