The Program has granted 67 doctoral degrees since its inception in 1988. Graduates hold faculty appointments at universities including MIT, Harvard, American University of Beirut, Bates College, Boston College, Rice University, Rutgers University, Franklin Olin College of Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, University of Detroit/Mercy, National University of Singapore, University of Toronto and University of Warwick. They also have held postdoctoral positions with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Columbia Univeristy Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Harvard University Society of Fellows, and Max Planck Institute. Other graduates work in museums, journalism, business, and academic research.
HASTS selects a small number of highly qualified students for doctoral study. A master's degree is not offered. Some HASTS students have training in science or engineering, while others have a background in history, sociology, anthropology, and environmental studies, among many other fields.
In Fall 2013, six new students entered the program, admitted from a pool of 153 applicants. Currently the program includes 32 students, eight of whom are international students.
Students with an undergraduate degree from any academic discipline are invited to apply, as long as they have a core interest in science and technology in their historical or social dimension. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required; specific subject GRE exams are not required. GRE scores are accepted up to five years after the exam was taken. Students with a first language other than English must also provide either IELTS or TOEFL results.
Applications are due on January 1 each year. The HASTS Admissions Committee will begin its review process in mid- to late-January. Students who are selected to advance to the second round of the admissions process will be invited to interview in February or March. Telephone or video conference/chat interviews will be arranged for applicants unable to travel to Cambridge for an interview.
Following the interviews, faculty will meet again to determine the final and list of admitted students and alternates. Admitted students must notify the Institute of their intentions by April 15.