AMDP | FAQ

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AMDP | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Find answers to some of our frequently asked questions below.

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

Do I need a visa for the U.S. to attend programs?

Please consult your consulate/embassy to verify whether a visa is necessary for your stay in the U.S. Because the time required to obtain a visa can be lengthy, we encourage you to consult your consulate/embassy as soon as possible.

When is the AMDP tuition due?

If you are offered acceptance to the program, a $2,000 non-refundable deposit will be due within 10 days in order to reserve a class seat. The tuition balance will be due within 60 days of acceptance (or upon receipt of the invoice if admission is within 60 days of the start of the program). If your deposit or tuition balance are not received on time, we unfortunately will need to offer your seat to another candidate.

For more information, please read our AMDP Payment Policy.

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 the access link to the AMDP on-line course site which will be complete with all readings and further information for the term. You can either print your readings or use your laptop.

Is on-campus housing available? Can you recommend housing options?

Unfortunately, there is no on-campus housing available. Summer is one of the busiest terms at Harvard with students arriving from all over the world for Summer School. Our students make their own arrangements either in hotels, bed and breakfasts, Airbnb rentals or elsewhere near campus. You can find some local options here

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

AMDP is an intensive academic program.  The curriculum consists of full-day sessions as well as additional readings, and discussion groups outside of class.  There are some evening social events, however, most nights and weekends are your own.  If your family accompanies you there are many local camps and attractions in the Cambridge/Boston area.

Please note program events are open to AMDP participants only.  Please consider the time commitment of the program when determining whether to have your family join you.  

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. If you elect this one-year deferment, we require payment of a $2,000 non-refundable deposit within 10 days. This deposit will be applied to your tuition balance. The remaining tuition balance will be due by January 31st of the following year.

How is the AMDP structured?

Please see the Program and Curriculum pages for information on scheduling, content, Team Project, Independent Project, and additional requirements for completion.

What are the attendance requirements of the AMDP program? Can the AMDP be taken via an online course?

Local residency is a requirement during all AMDP terms. You must be present in the classroom here on Harvard Campus and you cannot take the AMDP online. In order to graduate from the program and receive Harvard GSD alumni status, attendance in all AMDP sessions is required.

Please note program events are open to AMDP participants only.  Please consider the time commitment of the program when determining whether to have your family join you.     

Can I begin the AMDP in the Spring 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, Spring Term, and Summer Term II.

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.

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.

What is the Electives requirement of the program? What electives count towards the requirement?

4 days of Electives 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. Electives allow  you to take advantage of our programs where you seek more information on that subject or something new that you seek to explore.

Many AMDP applicants actually complete their AMDP Electives requirement before they begin AMDP and don't realize it. They usually learn about AMDP when they are in one of our other programs. We allow you up to five years before you begin AMDP to credit your previous Harvard GSD Executive Education programs, and one year after completing your AMDP Terms to complete electives.

More information here.

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.