Harvard Medical School Post-Graduate Certificate Program

Application Information



Application received after July 28, 2018 and tuition paid by August 31, 2018 Application received by July 28, 2018 and admissions deposit paid by August 10, 2018


$12,900 $11,900
($1,000 discount)



Harvard Medical School Global and Continuing Education Programs admit students on a rolling admissions process—applications are reviewed as they are received. Therefore, in order to increase the likelihood of admission to the program, it is recommended that students submit their application materials as early as possible. 

Students can expect to hear a decision on their application within four to six weeks of the date all application materials are submitted.

The admissions committee reviews applications in the order they are submitted. Strong applicants will be mid- to senior-level practicing surgeons who are seeking leadership training.


There are four important application deadlines for the Surgical Leadership Program:  Early Admissions, Early Admissions Deposit Deadline, Application Closing Date, and Tuition Due date. Students who submit applications by the Early Admission Deadline and submit a deposit for the program by the early deposit deadline date are eligible for the reduced tuition rate.

  • Early Admissions Deadline: July 28, 2018
  • Early Admissions Deposit Deadline: August 10, 2018
  • Application Closes: August 17, 2018
  • Tuition Due: August 31, 2018



To prepare to submit your online application for the Surgical Leadership Program, please have the following available:

Your contact information and credentials: This information is required for the online application.

Your Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Applicants will be prompted to upload their current CV or resume in .doc or .pdf format. This can include awards or publications (if applicable).

A Personal Statement of up to 500 words explaining why you would like to be considered for the Surgical Leadership program. Your statement should include a brief description of your background, your area of professional interest, and how this course will impact your career, as well as the institution and country where you work. 

A Letter of Recommendation from a department/division head/director/chair: The letter should address your suitability for the program and support your attendance at the workshops.



For qualified program candidates, tuition support is available in the form of 25% to 50% tuition reductions. Tuition reductions are awarded to students based on based on merit and eligibility. No assistance is provided for workshop travel, program materials, or other course related expenses. The following support options are available for this course:

Harvard Medical School Tuition Reductions

Harvard Medical School will provide tuition reduction to candidates of high merit who are citizens and current residents of low-to-middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank).

Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research Tuition Support

The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) offers a limited number of partial scholarships to selected candidates. Partial scholarships will be funded at no more than 50% of tuition. Priority is given to candidates from the United Arab Emirates, but candidates from the GCC and MENA region*, and candidates living and working in the GCC and MENA region, regardless of nationality, will also be considered. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. To apply for DHFMR support, please select this option on your application.

*The GCC and MENA Region includes: Algeria | Bahrain | Djibouti | Egypt | Iraq | Israel | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Malta | Morocco | Oman | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Syria| Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | West Bank and Gaza | Yemen


Early admissions deposit tuition: $11,900

Standard tuition: $12,900



Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony at the Harvard Medical School at the end of the final workshop. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Harvard Medical School Certificate of Completion.


Harvard Medical School admits qualified applicants from all over the world. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents in order to attend the mandatory workshops of the program. The Education Team will assist with verification of admission and letters of invitation, but Harvard Medical School does not facilitate the Visa process. Students are advised to consult the appropriate travel offices and consulates to determine what is needed to travel.


Graduates of the program are eligible to become Associate Members of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association and the Harvard Alumni Association.  Benefits include: membership to a global network of 10,000 HMS alumni and a global network of more than 300,000 men and women in more than 200 countries, and eligibility to join Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups.