AMDP | FAQ

AMDP Title - FAQ

AMDP | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Find answers to some of our frequently asked questions below.
You can also download our FAQ as a PDF file.

Have a specific question?
Contact the Executive Education office at execed@gsd.harvard.edu or 617-384-7214.

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AMDP: Common Questions

Is the 15 years of experience really important?

The AMDP has been designed for those who already have work experience in real estate and related industries. It is your work experience that you bring to the program.

Can I begin the AMDP in the Winter Term?

AMDP begins every July.

AMDP Terms are cumulative and each term builds on educational objects, therefore, a new class begins every July. The class will stay together throughout the year to stay connected for three terms, including Summer Term I, Winter Term, and Summer Term II.

What is the Elective Week?

The fourth AMDP term is the Elective Week. The Elective Week must be taken in Executive Education here at the Harvard Graduate School of Design or in our joint programs that we offer at the other Harvard schools. The Elective Week allows you to take advantage of our programs where you seek more information on that subject or something new that you seek to explore.

I took a four day GSD Executive Education program four years ago. Can I apply this to the AMDP Elective Week requirement?

Many AMDP applicants actually complete their AMDP Elective Week before they begin the AMDP and don't realize it. They usually learn about the AMDP when they are in one of our other programs. We allow you up to five years before you begin the AMDP to use your previous Harvard GSD Executive Education programs as credit to your AMDP Elective Week.

Can the AMDP be taken via an on-line course?

Residency is a requirement in the AMDP. You must be present in the classroom here on Harvard Campus.

If residency is a requirement, are dorm rooms available?

AMDP is an Executive Education program with classrooms located on the historic Harvard campus. We work with local hotels for special rates and will contract a block of rooms at one specific hotel for AMDP participants to take advantage of if they are interested. Hotels can provide the services that our executives expect in their travel and accommodations.

It would be so exciting to take a program at Harvard University. Can I bring my family with me?

Because AMDP is an intensive educational program, we discourage family members from traveling with you to your trip to Harvard. All AMDP socials are closed to guests and are for AMDP participants only.

What do I receive once I complete all AMDP requirements?

Once all AMDP requirements have been completed and tuition has been paid in full, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be awarded Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni status.

Can I pay my AMDP tuition in installments?

Unfortunately, we do not offer the option to pay the tuition in installments.

Are there any books to be purchased for the AMDP?

There are no books that need to be purchased for the AMDP. The majority of reading for the AMDP are case studies, articles, and other readings. All AMDP materials will be posted on-line to an iSite and available to those in the class who have paid their tuition in advance.

When would I receive the reading materials?

Once you have paid your AMDP tuition and approximately one month before the AMDP term begins, we will send you your Harvard ID Number and the access link to the AMDP on-line iSite which will be complete with all readings and further information for the term. You can either print your readings or use your laptop.

What is the Independent Project?

We give you three categories to complete your Independent Project, including: a Business Plan, an Educational Case Study, or a Community Project. This project gives you the opportunity to use Harvard resources and to delve into a new business or a subject that you are passionate about but have never had the time to concentrate your research. The Independent Project does not necessarily have to be real estate related.

What do we do between the Summer Term I and Winter Term?

In Summer Term I, we will give you the information regarding the Team Project which will be a real world project. From the time you leave campus in July to when you return in February, you will be expected to connect with teammates regarding the Team Project and present your findings to instructors and site-local representatives in a Team Project Competition in the Winter Term.

I've been accepted into the AMDP, but, unfortunately due to a family emergency, I will have to withdraw. What options do I have?

If you have been accepted and you must withdraw your AMDP application, we allow a one year deferment to next year's class and you will not have to pay the processing fee again. However, if you need to extend your time, you will have to reapply to the AMDP.

I've just been accepted into the AMDP, can you send me the listing of the rest of the class participants?

Due to our privacy policy, we do not circulate the Class List until the day the program begins.