After months of application review and committee deliberations, we have released admission and financial aid decisions for our master’s degree programs.

If you applied for admission this cycle, you should have received an email with the subject line “Harvard Kennedy School Application Status Update.” Log into your applicant status page and click “View Update” to view your decision.

To those of you receiving good news today, congratulations! 

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The Admissions Committee was impressed by your accomplishments and inspired by your promise to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. If you join us, you will be encouraged, challenged, and empowered by your fellow students and all the members of our community. We can’t wait to introduce you to the HKS community for the experience of a lifetime!

Admitted applicants can also find important information about financial assistance on the Financial Aid tab of the New Admit Portal, including instructions for viewing financial aid information in MYFAID.  

We do acknowledge that not everyone is receiving good news today. Each year we receive applications from many more qualified candidates than we are able to admit. 

If you were denied admission…

We are unable to provide individualized feedback regarding your application and the Committee’s decision. You are welcome to reapply for admission in a future year. You may apply to a single HKS degree program up to three times. We recommend staying tuned and checking our website over the summer for any new developments or changes to the application process for the next admissions cycle.

If you were waitlisted…

The Admissions Committee will make offers of admission to select candidates on the waiting list only if a sufficient number of those who were offered admission decline our offer. In some years, the Committee offers admission to a number of waitlisted individuals; in other years, the Committee makes very few or no such offers.

At this time, it is impossible for us to predict how many, if any, places will become available in the incoming class. We will have a better idea of your prospects for admission after admitted candidates have responded to our offer. We will notify you of any action on your application as soon as it is taken.

While we hope you can wait, we do not recommend that you turn down offers to other graduate programs or employment opportunities that are attractive to you.

We thank you for your interest in HKS. We wish you all the best on your journey to making the world a better place.

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