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Learn More About Harvard Medical School’s MMSc-GHD Program

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Meet the MMSc-GHD cohort 1, class of 2014

  • More details on standardized tests

    Standardized test scores are recommended but not required for admission with one exception: to ensure an applicant has the necessary English language skills for success in the program, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.

    A language proficiency test is required for applicants for whom English was not the medium of instruction for their undergraduate or graduate degree. Harvard Medical School's master’s programs accept TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Essentials, IELTS Academic and Duolingo English Test. Please see our minimum test score requirements and instructions to submit official test scores below. 

    Minimum Test Score Requirements:

    • TOEFL iBT: 103
    • TOEFL Essentials: 11
    • IELTS Academic: 7.5
    • Duolingo English Test: 125

    Submitting Official Test Scores:

    TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Essentials:
    Code 3151: Harvard Medical School Graduate Education Master’s Programs.

    IELTS Academic:
    Contact the test center where you took the IELTS test to request that your scores be sent via E-Delivery to:  

    Account Name: Harvard Medical School Graduate Education Master's Programs  

    Address: Graduate Education Master's Programs
    25 Shattuck Street
    Boston, MA 02115
    United States 

    Duolingo English Test:
    Search for “Harvard Medical School” and select the appropriate program.

    We invite you to learn more about the MMSc-GHD program on this website. Many answers to questions can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional questions, please email the MMSc-GHD Program.


Application period begins. The link to the online application will be available beginning on September 1 on our Application page.


Decisions emailed to accepted students. Decisions to declined students may be e-mailed later in January or early February to allow time for those who may decline acceptance to inform the program and for the program to contact students who are on a wait list.

February 15

Applicants not accepted to the program are informed by this date.

March 1

Harvard Housing lottery opens. Students may select housing through the selection process until May 1, 2023. Students will also receive information by e-mail about other housing options beyond Harvard dormitories.


I-20 documents sent so admitted students may request visas at their embassy. Information on visas may be found at the Harvard International Office website.


Financial Aid application period occurs around this time for those seeking Federal Financial Aid or loans. Find more information on financial aid for HMS Masters programs.

August 30

Admitted students must arrive in Boston by this date for orientation.

August 31

Fall classes begin at Harvard Medical School.

Late December

Fall classes end.

December 20-31

Winter Break.

January 3

Winter session classes begin.

Year 1 MMSc-GHD students are not required to take winter session classes, but they must plan their travel to return to the IRB intensive seminar.


Year 1 MMSc-GHD students must be back in Boston on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

January 23

Spring classes begin.

March 13-17

Spring Break.

July 1

Year 1 MMSc-GHD students complete the GHDI program.


Year 1 MMSc-GHD Students leave for their on-site research projects.


Students return from their on-site research projects in early January. They spend the spring semester analyzing their data and writing their thesis project.


Spring break (exact dates not yet available).


Final thesis due.

Early May

Public presentation of thesis projects.