FAQs

By when do I need to take a GRE or TOEFL exam?

GRE/TOEFL exams must be taken prior to the RSEA application deadline and we will accept the scores that are sent from the testing company.  TOEFL scores are waived for non-native English speakers who have received their bachelor’s degree from an accredited English speaking college or university.

Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation? If I send more letters of recommendation is that better for my application?

Letters of recommendation should be written in English and submitted directly by the Recommender as directed in the GSAS application.  Only three letters of recommendation should be submitted. Letters from those who know the applicant well academically and the applicant’s qualifications to do graduate study are the most beneficial.

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I plan on applying to a Harvard PhD program as well as the RSEA program, can I use the same application?

RSEA is a Masters program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and has requirements specific to a two-year MA program. Each application is separate and you should carefully read the GSAS website for additional information. You should also indicate on your application for which other Harvard program(s) or school (e.g. Law School) you are applying simultaneously.

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What kind of funding is available?

As noted on the RSEA website, there is limited funding and all applicants should apply for outside aid (such as Soros, etc.).  The Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship is awarded through nomination by the committee and applicants may not apply for nor contact faculty members to receive the Fellowship.