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Submitting through the online system is required. Applicants may not send application materials to the Harvard GSD Career Dsicovery Program through the mail. Any application materials received by mail will not be considered.  

The following materials are required for consideration to the 2014 Career Discovery Program:

  • Application Fee: A $55 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: Submit an online resume that includes: 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 International students who have studied or lived in English-speaking countries are not exempt from this requirement. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the test. 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of two letters of recommendation but no more than three.  Only online recommendations will be accepted.  Recommenders will receive instructions via email once the applicant has registered recommenders via the online application.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts should be submitted 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 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 school outside the U.S. may be asked to submit a WES (World Education Service) certified transcript, at the applicant’s expense.

Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Applicants are encouraged to submit early as places are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Every effort will be made to notify applicants via email of decisions within two weeks of receiving a completed application. If you have not received notification by May 15, 2014, please contact the Career Discovery Office at

$55 non-refundable application fee, transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, essay, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be made, and submitted no later than the following dates:

11:59pm on April 1, 2014 for international applicants.

11:59pm on April 30, 2014 for all other applicants.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the appropriate deadline.  Once submitted, changes, additions, or any other edits cannot be made to the application.

Any former applicant, including former GSD students, wishing to reapply to the GSD must resubmit all forms and documentation.

Financial aid takes into account many factors; however, as a guide, if the applicant and/or parents (if appropriate) have a combined gross income that exceeds $40,000, an award is unlikely. 

To apply, please submit a Financial Aid Application Form (PDF) along with the required documentation to:

Career Discovery
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please Note: Career Discovery financial aid is not federally subsidized and is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. International students are not eligible to apply. Applications for financial aid are not submitted online and should be mailed to the Career Discovery office by April 30, 2014. Requests for aid will not be considered without a completed program application. Late applications will not be considered.

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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