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The application deadline has past.

The following materials are required for consideration to the 2016 Career Discovery Program:

  • Application Fee: A $80 non-refundable application fee is due upon application submission.
  • Essay: An essay (500 words max) that describes a particularly satisfying project you have undertaken. This project need not be related to design or planning, although this is preferable. You might, for example, write about participating in a political campaign, mastering a musical instrument, doing research on a special topic, or organizing a social event.
  • Resume: A resume or CV which includes the following information: employment; education; extra-curricular collegiate and community activities (note whether an office held was elected or appointed); honors, awards, professional registration, professional societies, publications; avocations, hobbies, travel; if you served in the military, indicate rank on entry and rank on separation.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): *International students, except those from countries where English is the native language, must submit scores from the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). For further information about the TOEFL, see  The minimum required TOEFL iBT total score is 92, with the following minimum section requirements: reading, 23; speaking, 23; listening, 23; writing, 23. The preferred total TOEFL iBT score is 104 or above, with individual section scores of 26 or above. Please have test results submitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Design institution code [3455]. 
*​A waiver may be issued for those enrolled in a university for two or more years where English is the primary language of instruction. If you believe you qualify for a waiver, please email
  • Transcripts: Transcripts should be submitted online by the applicant and are required from all colleges and universities from which the applicant has received credit. When uploading a transcript, please make sure the scanned version is legible. 

    Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If the university or college does not issue transcripts, a certified letter and certified English translation must be provided. It should list courses and examinations taken, grades, and degrees and dates of degrees received. Admitted students who have attended a school outside of the U.S. may be asked to submit a WES (World Education Service) certified transcript, at the applicant’s expense.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 1, and we will continue to accept applications until all spots are filled.  Early submissions are strongly encouraged. 

Any former applicant wishing to reapply to the GSD Career Discovery Program must resubmit all forms and documentation.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by email. Only completed applications will be reviewed. All notifications will be sent no later than June 1.  

Please refer to the Financial Aid instructions located on the Career Discovery website.

In accordance with Harvard University policy, the GSD does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status or handicap in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Every effort will be made to ensure fairness and consistency in the school’s relations with its students, faculty, and staff.

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