Thank you for your interest in applying to the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Your application is the window through which we see your accomplishments, hear your ideas, and evaluate your potential. Applicants are admitted for Fall term only; there is no mid-year admission. 

Holiday Closings
The Harvard GSD and the Admissions Office will be closed from 12 noon on December 24 until 10:00 AM on Monday, January 5, 2015. Please contact us with your questions before 12/24 or beginning on 1/5. We will also be sending you an email with our most frequently asked admissions questions. The email is also posted on our FAQ page which can be viewed from this page (see link to the left). We will be unable to respond to email over the break. 

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Architecture (MArch)
Application and Portfolio: December 15, 2014      
Landscape Architecture (MLA)        
Application and Portfolio: January 5, 2015      
Urban Planning (MUP)
Application: January 5, 2015
Urban Design (MAUD/MLAUD)
Application and Portfolio: January 5, 2015
Doctor of Design (DDes)
Application and Portfolio: January 5, 2015
Master in Design Studies
Application and Portfolio: January 9, 2015
Financial Aid Application
February 6, 2015*

*Financial aid application available in January 


APPLYING for concurrent degrees within the gsd

Students may concurrently pursue two masters degrees offered by the GSD. If you apply to more than one program, you will need to submit a separate application fee and form for each program and must be admitted into each degree program independently.

For more information, see our page on concurrent and joint degrees.

applying for degree programs With other harvard schools

Students may simultaneously pursue degrees offered by the Graduate School of Design and another Harvard University graduate school. To pursue a GSD degree concurrently with a degree from another Harvard school, you must be admitted into each school independently.

For more information, see our page on concurrent and joint degrees.

applying through the harvard seniors program

Qualified undergraduates at Harvard are eligible for early admission into the program and may take all or a portion of the first year of graduate study during their senior year.

PhD students must apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Office of Admissions
Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street, Suite 422
Cambridge, MA 02138
T: 617.495.5453 / F: 617.495.8949


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