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Admissions decisions are based on the strength of the candidate’s academic record, test scores, recommendations, and a demonstrated ability and motivation to pursue research. Solid quantitative skills are a critical part of successful applications. Applicants come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. All have strong academic records, clear interests in research, and promise for a distinguished career.
The application process for the PhD program in Political Economy and Government is coordinated by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please visit the GSAS site for deadlines, additional information, and the link to the on-line application.
Application Deadline: January 2, 2013
Required quantitative preparation for the PhD in Political Economy and Government includes:
All doctoral candidates are expected to be in residence at Harvard for at least three years.
It is not possible to defer admission once an applicant has been accepted. The applicant will be required to re-apply for the next year to be considered for admission.
You will need the following for your application:
All applicants are required to submit valid GRE scores (scores expire five years after the test date). If your scores will expire prior to the admissions deadline, you need to retake the GRE. We do not accept the GMAT. There is no minimum reqruirement for the GRE scores. Applicants should plan on taking the GRE by mid-November 2012 for admissions for Fall 2013. GRE scores should be sent to GSAS using ETS code 3451; the ETS department codes may be found here.
All international students who do not hold the equivalent of a US Bachelor degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English must submit scores from the Internet based test (IBT) of the TOEFL. No other test scores will be accepted. Applicants should plan on taking the TOEFL by mid-November 2012 for Fall 2013. TOEFL scores should be sent to GSAS using ETS code 3451; the ETS department codes may be found here.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Three information sessions are held during the the Fall prior to the admissions deadline date. The dates for the Fall 2012 sessions will be held on September 24, October 29, and November 19th. All sessions will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm in Taubman 401. For immediate inquiries, please email the doctoral program office.PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY, THE INFORMATION SESSION ON OCTOBER 29 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.