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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. To see if you are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores, please answer this question: “If English is not your first language, have you completed an undergraduate degree or at least two years of a graduate degree in an English-speaking environment?”

    • If you answer “yes” English scores are not required.
    • If you answer “no,” please request official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores.
      • On the TOEFL, applicants must score a minimum of 100 (total score, taken within two years of application).
      • On the IELTS, applicants must score a minimum of 7.5 (taken within two years of application).
      • On the Duolingo English Test, applicants must score a minimum of 125 (taken within two years of application).

    A low score on the English test may indicate the need for additional training in English prior to entry into the program. There are several schools in the Boston area with intensive English courses that previous MMSc-GHD students have found helpful.

    How do I send you my test scores?

    • Please request TOEFL or IETLS scores be sent to our program using the Designated Institution Code: 3151
    • Please request Duolingo English Test scores be sent to the MMSc-GHD Program: mmscghd@hms.harvard.edu
    • Please request official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores using Designated Institution Code: 3812
    • Please print and send a copy of your official Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores to the address below.
    • Please request that official copies of other test scores be sent to the address below.

    Christina Lively | Harvard Medical School | Department of Global Health and Social Medicine | 641 Huntington Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02115

    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 after 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, 2022. 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. Note that some students take courses during the January 2023 month-long winter session.

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 to participate in the IRB Intensive Seminar Jan 23-27, 2023.

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, write, and defend their thesis.


Spring break (exact dates not yet available).

Early May

Final thesis due.