The Chemical Biology Graduate Program was created in 2004 with the goal of training students to integrate the principles and experimental techniques drawn from both chemistry and biology.

The Chemical Biology Program is a PhD-granting interdisciplinary program that offers educational and research experience on both the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge campuses, as well as several affiliated institutions such as the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Broad Institute

The Chemical Biology Program is one of the programs in the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, which facilitates collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. Please refer to the GSAS Admissions Page for further information on applying. Some of the most important details are noted here for your convenience.


We require on-line submission of the application. Applicants are required to submit a scanned copy of their transcript(s) online.

Applicants must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an institution of recognized standing (either a three or four year undergraduate degree).

Applying to more than one HILS Program

If you apply to two or three HILS member programs (including one of the subject areas within DMS), you will be prompted to select your first HILS department from the droplist at the 'Program Selection' screen.  Submission of the first application is required in order for the application fee to be waived on your second or third application.  Here are the 3 steps involved for completing multiple HILS applications under one fee:

Step 1: Complete, pay the application fee, and submit your first application.

Step 2: For your second or third HILS-affiliated program application, create a new account by clicking on the 'Create Account' button on the login page.

Step 3: After you click on the ‘Create Account’ button you will be prompted to re-enter the log in credentials (e.g. the Username and Password) you used for your first submitted application.  Then click the ‘Verify’ button. The application system will verify the credentials for your first submitted application and you will not have to pay the application fee.  You can then complete and submit your second or third application.”

Please note that it is the policy of the Graduate School that an individual may submit no more than three applications during the course of his or her academic career. This policy applies to multiple HILS applications.

Submitting supplemental materials

GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences code 3451.  GRE scores, both the subject and general exam, are optional.
All supplemental materials must be uploaded prior to submitting the online application.

Faculty contact/interests

Please be sure to list faculty that interest you as part of the online application. Students are not required to contact any faculty in advance, but are welcome to.

Interview and campus visit

Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee during December and early January.  Selected applicants are then notified if they have been chosen for an on campus interview. The campus visits will be held on one of two weekends (January 30 - February 2, 2020 or February 13 - 16, 2020). These visits provide students with the opportunity to meet with faculty and current students and to get a better feel for our community and the types of research conducted here. Applicants invited for an interview who reside overseas and cannot visit the Harvard campus may interview via Skype or telephone.