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.
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 to whom the Biophysics Program would like to make an offer of admission. The Biophysics Program then 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. After receiving approval from the Dean of GSAS, the Biophysics Program Chair and Program Administrator contact applicants to invite them to visit Harvard and the Biophysics Program during our annual Recruitment Visit Weekend, which 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 offered admission will receive notification from the Dean of GSAS and the Biophysics Program Chair, plus the Program Administrator, as soon as possible after the meeting of the Faculty Review Committee and approval of proposed admitted students by the GSAS Dean. 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 traditionally has not conducted pre-admit interviews as part of our admissions process (although this can change).
Rather, the Program's Admissions Decision Committee makes a decision on those applicants we want to admit to the program based on the information provided as part of the application. 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 2018 will take place from Thursday, March 8th through Sunday morning, March 11th, 2018.