The GRE Subject Test is NOT a required part of the application to the Biophysics Program. However, any additional information a student provides as part of their application helps to give a more robust picture of the student's skills and strengths. The Biophysics Program encourages students who feel comfortable to take the GRE Subject test in the subject area in which the student feels strongest.
Please Note: The GRE General Test scores are no longer being required for applicants to the Biophysics Graduate Program.
In the month of December, all applications and supporting materials that have been received are read and reviewed by a Committee of Faculty Reviewers, who then meet to discuss and decide on those students whom the Biophysics Program Chair(s) and Program Administrator will invite to visit Harvard and the Biophysics Program as part of our annual Recruitment Visit Weekend, The Biophysics Program confers with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to receive approval for the proposed list of admitted students. The annual Recruitment Visit Weekend generally takes place in the last few weeks of February or the first few weeks of March. Official notification of admission into the Biophysics Program comes from the Office of the Dean of GSAS.
The GSAS Admissions Office attempts to notify students as quickly as possible regarding the outcome of the application process. Those students who are being invited to the annual Recruitment Visit Weekend will receive notification from the Biophysics Program Chair(s), plus the Program Administrator, as soon as possible after the meeting of the Faculty Review Committee. Once final admissions decisions are made, and the Biophysics Program receives approval of our proposed admitted students from the Dean of GSAS, those students will be notified by the Biophysics Program Chairs and through the GSAS Dean and Office of Admissions. Students who are not being extended an offer of admission, may see notification of the decision status posted in their GSAS Application Portal. There are some instances where a decision to admit or to deny admission to an applicant is contingent on additional factors and the receipt of additional information before a final admissions decision can be made, in which case the notification of the applicant may be delayed.
The Biophysics Program holds an annual Recruitment Visit Weekend in February or March each year as part of its admissions process for the following fall entry.
The Biophysics Program's Admissions Decision Committee makes a decision on those applicants we want to invite to visit the program. We then invite admitted students to come and visit the University, to meet with current students and faculty members in both formal and informal events and through individual meetings with those faculty members in whose research the student is interested. The visit weekend includes meals and outings with current students, a Student & Faculty Reception and Dinner, the Annual Mini-Symposium and Poster Session, and usually an excusion to a show at a local venue in Boston on the last evening of the visit. The Recruitment Visit Weekend for students admitted to the Biophysics Program for entry in Fall of 2020 is still being determined at this time.