Admission to HST Programs

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Welcome to HST!

At HST, we integrate science, engineering and medicine to solve problems in human health. As an HST student, you'll become an expert in your field--be it medicine or one of eleven science/engineering disciplines within our Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) PhD program. You will also gain hands-on clinical experience and become an innovative researcher. As one of 300 HST students pursuing an MD or PhD degree, you will learn from our distinguished faculty members --- physician-scientists and biomedical researchers with vibrant interdisciplinary careers at the intersection of medicine, science, and engineering.


frequently asked


MD Program FAQ for MD applicants October 16 (AMCAS deadline)
October 23 (secondary applications)
MEMP PhD Program FAQ for MEMP PhD applicants MEMP via MIT - December 15*
MEMP via Harvard SEAS -
December 15
MEMP via Harvard Biophysics -
December 1
GEMS Certificate 
(for current MIT PhD candidates)
FAQ for GEMS applicants

November 6, 2017 (info session)

December 1, 2017 - Application due.

Summer Institute (Biomedical Optics) FAQ for Summer Institute applicants January 13, 2018
Summer Institute (Biomedical Informatics)    

*HST will be flexible with deadlines for individual applicants affected by the recent natural disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Prospective students must request an extension in advance of the published deadline via email to hst-phd-admissions@mit.edu.

Application deadlines and procedures vary for HST programs. Note that applications to the MEMP PhD program via Harvard require a joint application process. 

If you have further questions after reviewing our website, please contact us at:
hstadmissions@hms.harvard.edu for HST MD admissions or
hst-phd-admissions@mit.edu for PhD admissions.

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