Graduate Admissions

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Applications for admission to the PhD and AM programs in Fall 2022 are due THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022, 5PM Eastern Standard Time. We do not consider applications at any other time.

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

This fall, the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Alex Csiszar, is holding three information / Q&A sessions about our graduate programs on Zoom. Please come with questions! These happen at the following times:

Friday, September 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EST.  [past]
Friday, October 7, 10:00-11:00 AM EST.  Zoom registration link
Friday, November 4, 3:30-4:30 PM EST.  Zoom registration link    [Note updated 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 - Note: Submission of GRE scores is optional; Harvard GSAS GRE code = 3451 (for all GSAS graduate programs) 
  • University and College Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • A Writing Sample
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for International applicants only) --- see pdf for Covid guidance
  • CV or Resume
  • Application Fee*

*Note: The non-refundable application fee is $105.00, payable by credit card only. All applications received by the appropriate deadline with the correct application fee are guaranteed full consideration by the program admissions committee. In those uncommon situations where an applicant has demonstrated that paying the application fee would cause them extreme financial hardship, GSAS will waive the fee. If you feel that your circumstances may warrant a fee waiver, email admiss@fas.harvard.edu for further instructions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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 address:

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@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.

For reasons of equity in admissions, the Department does not normally organize formal visits for prospective students. Students may contact faculty with whom they are interested in working, but this is not required and will not impact the admissions process. It is not necessary to visit the Department to apply for admission to the graduate programs.

See the top of this page to register for virtual information sessions about the graduate programs with the Director of Graduate Studies. 

General 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

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will notify successful applicants in February. The History of Science Department will provide opportunities for admitted students to meet with faculty and current students in advance of the April 15 decision deadline.

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, must secure approval from the faculty member 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.