HMS does not have an early decision program or a rolling admissions policy. All admissions decisions are sent out via email on the same date in early March, whether candidates are accepted, declined, or waitlisted. All admissions decisions are final.
Requests for deferred matriculation and admission are only available to accepted students. Accepted students who would like to apply for deferral must write to the Faculty Associate Dean for Admissions stating their reason for requesting deferral and their proposed plans for the duration of the deferral. We cannot guarantee deferral requests will be granted. If approved, deferrals are typically granted for one year, though they are routinely renewed for students involved in multi-year fellowship programs. The Committee on Admissions is generally supportive of proposals that provide for participation in intellectually rewarding opportunities and service programs during the time of deferral from HMS.
As tuition and unit loan amounts usually rise each year, students should carefully consider the financial implications of deferring to a future year.