Harvard Graduate School of Design

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

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  • Application Fee

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  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Master in Architecture (I, II)
Master in Landscape Architecture (I, I AP, II)
Master in Urban Planning/ Master of Architecture in Urban Design / Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design
Master in Design Studies
Master in Design Engineering

Our Program

The GSD offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through a combination of research and studio-based disciplines.

The GSD offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through a combination of disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and urban design—together with the research of our studio-based as well as Design Studies and Doctoral programs. Working in collaboration with colleagues in other schools at Harvard and beyond the University, our programs have a social dimension aimed at the construction of alternative and sustainable futures, engaging in the ethical and political realm through such topics as rapid urbanization, resource scarcity, and the after-effects of disasters. By recalibrating the relationship between tradition and innovation, knowledge and imagination, the Harvard Graduate School of Design is poised to lead design’s global cause.


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $90


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  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
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  • checkbox-alt UPDATE: For the 2021 admissions cycle, the GRE requirement is waived, with the exception of the Real Estate and the Built Environment concentration within the MDes program, for which the GRE or GMAT remains a requirement. For all other programs, the GRE is not required for the 2021 application and will not be included in the review process for these programs. At this time, the change to the GRE requirement is for the 2021 application season only.

Application Deadline

Jan 4, 2021 MArch, MLA, MUP, MAUD, MLAUD, DDes

Jan 8, 2021 MDes

Jan 15, 2021 MDE

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 970 Students
  • Female

    female 56% Female
  • Male

    male 44% Male


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Clubs & Associations

Please visit the Student Group Directory for detailed information on existing GSD student organizations and clubs. The current list reflects the 2019-2020 academic year, and will be updated for 2020-2021 after the group registration period in September.

What Our Students Say

  • I knew going into the program that our cohort would be made up of deeply talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and I anticipated that we would all have different skillsets and knowledge bases. What I did not anticipate was that our interests and ways of working would be so closely aligned: across the board, there's a desire to think systematically, understand details, and make a positive contribution to society.

    Brian Ho, MDE ‘18
  • I was very interested in the design component of planning. I also like the possibility of the joint degree program at the Kennedy School. At the GSD open house, I noticed that there was a range of perspectives, and there was an emphasis on the “big picture,” which was important to me.

    Stephanie Brown, MUP ‘13
  • The GSD is such an experimental environment that really pushes you to go beyond your own limits and think about reality, but also think about what the future of that reality should be.

    Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo y López, MDes '13, DDes ‘19

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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