Graduate Admissions

Applications for admission to the PhD and AM programs in Fall 2017 are due January 3, 2017. We do not accept applications at any other time.

The following materials are required for application to both the PhD and AM programs. All materials must be submitted electronically. 

  • Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE Scores
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants only)
  • CV or Resume
  • Application Fee

Information for prospective graduate students concerning admission, grants, tuition, and registration policies may be obtained from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

(GSAS) Admissions Office

Harvard University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Office of Admissions
Holyoke Center, 3rd Floor
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-5315
admiss at fas.harvard.edu

Program Descriptions for the A.M. and the Ph.D. in the History of Science are available online from the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

The Department of the History of Science requires online submission of the application.

Please note that no application to the Department of the History of Science will be considered complete unless accompanied by a recent sample of the student's written work (e.g., term paper, senior thesis, master's essay, etc.). Writing samples should be submitted electronically with the online application.

Queries about the graduate programs in the History of Science may be directed to:

Linda Schneider
Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of the History of Science
Science Center 371
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9978
linda_schneider@harvard.edu

We are not set up to accommodate formal visits from prospective students. However, on a limited basis, we can accommodate requests from applicants for brief meetings with faculty they are interested in working with. If you will be in the Boston area, please contact individual faculty members well in advance. Note: It is not necessary to visit the Department to apply for admission to the graduate programs.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will notify successful applicants in February. The History of Science Department will host a day and a half of orientation activities for newly admitted Master’s and doctoral students on March 24 and 25. Thanks to generous support from GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng and the Gochman Dean's Fund for Innovation and Development, the Department is able to underwrite roundtrip travel for admitted applicants able to visit the department on March 23 and 24, 2017. Department faculty and graduate students collaborate to create a series of seminars, a lecture, and events to allow admitted applicants to learn more about all the History of Science Department has to offer. In addition, we welcome admitted students to visit the department any time prior to April 15, the deadline by which the Harvard GSAS (as well as most leading American graduate schools) requires a reply to offers of admission.

History of the History of Science Graduate Program

List of all doctoral graduates, dissertation titles, advisors, and year of graduation from 1941 through 2015.

Special Students and Visiting Fellows

Students who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for admission as Special Students or Visiting Fellows—the non-degree programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences—and who are interested in being admitted with affiliation with the History of Science department, are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty members with whom they would like to work prior to applying. The department only considers applications by scholars/students whose application a faculty member has agreed to sponsor.

Note: GSAS does not allow applicants applying to AM or PhD programs to apply as Special Students in the same year.

Exchange Scholar Program

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences participates in the Exchange Scholar Program. Doctoral candidates in the History of Science and related fields at participating institutions who are interested in visiting the Department as an Exchange Scholar are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the faculty with whom they would like to work prior to applying.