Applying to Design Discovery Virtual
To apply for the Design Discovery Virtual program, please submit the following required materials:
- An essay (500 words max) that describes a particularly satisfying project you have undertaken. This project need not be related to design or planning, although this is preferable. You might, for example, write about participating in a political campaign, mastering a musical instrument, doing research on a special topic, or organizing a social event.
- A resume or CV which includes the following information: employment; education; extra-curricular collegiate and community activities (note whether an office held was elected or appointed); honors; awards; professional registration; professional societies; publications; avocations; hobbies; travel. If you served in the military, indicate rank on entry and rank on separation.
- Transcripts should be submitted online by the applicant and are required from all colleges and universities from which the applicant has received credit. When uploading a transcript, please make sure the scanned version is legible. Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If the university or college does not issue transcripts, a certified letter and certified English translation must be provided. It should list courses and examinations taken, grades, and degrees and dates of degrees received. Admitted students who have attended a school outside of the U.S. may be asked to submit a WES (World Education Service) certified transcript, at the applicant’s expense.
- A non-refundable $80 application fee is due upon application submission.
- International applicants, except those from countries where English is the native language, must submit ONE of the following:
- Duolingo test
The minimum required score is 115.
- A valid score from the TOEFL internet-based test
The minimum required TOEFL iBT total score is 92, with the following minimum section requirements: reading, 23; speaking, 23; listening, 23; writing, 23. Please have test results submitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, institution code 3455. For further information about the TOEFL exam, please visit www.ets.org/toefl.
International applicants who are currently enrolled in a university within the United States are exempt from this requirement.
- Duolingo test
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late February. Applications will continue to be reviewed until June 1 or until all spots are filled. Early submission is strongly encouraged.
|Online Application Opens||February 15, 2021|
|Financial Aid Application Deadline||April 30, 2021|
|Application Deadline||June 1, 2021|
|Registration/Payment Deadline||Within two weeks following admission|
|Cancellation Deadline for Full (100%) Refund*||June 18, 2021|
|Withdrawal Deadline for Partial Refund**||July 2, 2021|
*Contact Design Discovery Virtual to cancel your enrollment by this date to receive a full (100%) refund of the $2,400 program fee.
**Contact Design Discovery Virtual to cancel your enrollment by this date to receive a partial (50%) refund of the program fee (amounting to $1,200).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will I be notified of the admissions decision?
A: Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you of an update to your application.
Q: Is it possible to defer?
A: No, the Design Discovery Virtual program does not grant deferrals. If you are admitted but unable to attend, you would need to reapply.
Q: I’ve applied before. Can you reactivate my previous application?
A: No. Any former applicant wishing to reapply to the GSD Design Discovery Virtual Program must resubmit all forms and documentation.