Admissions

You can request a program booklet here. Information will be sent via email if an email address is provided.

Information on the details of applying to the Biophysics Program can be found through the GSAS Admissions Office. The University has shifted to requiring an online application. Please refer to the GSAS Admissions Page for further important information on applying to programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.

Applicants to the Biophysics Program should apply via the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) application portal. Applicants are able to apply to more than one program under HILS with one application fee. Please see detailed instructions on the procedure for this, as well as other important application information HERE.

  • You can make an online inquiry regarding an Application here.
  • Request an application by phone by calling (617) 495-5315.
  • Request an application by writing to:

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Admissions Office
    Harvard University
    Holyoke Center, Room 350
    1350 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138

Applicants to the Biophysics Program should apply via the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences

Information on the programs participating in the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Programs, can be found here.

Online applications for a given year are updated and become available during the late summer months prior to the December admissions deadline. The admissions deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Please note that application materials are not available through the Biophysics Program Administrative Office.

**This year's Biophysics Program Recruitment Weekend will be held during the dates of March 3rd through March 6th, 2016.**

Toward the end of January we will be contacting those student applicants we would like to invite to come visit.


The Harvard Program in Biophysics received 91 applications for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The average GRE scores for applicants to the Biophysics Program were:

  • Analytical : 4.4
  • Verbal: 604
  • Quantitative: 775
The average GRE scores for those applicants admitted to the Biophysics Program were:
  • Analytical: 5.3
  • Verbal: 664
  • Quantitative: 790
We recommend, but do not require, that applicants to the Biophysics program take the GRE Subject test in the area of their undergraduate major. GRE tests (General and/or Subject) should be taken far enough in advance of the admissions deadline to allow the receiving of scores in time for the December application deadline.

The graduate School requires that foreign nationals take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate English proficiency (unless having received a four year degree from an English-speaking institution). The average TOEFL score for those applicants who took the test was 104 based on the online computer test scoring scale.

Scores should be reported to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3451.

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