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For any questions related to the PhD in Political Economy and Government Program’s application process or deadlines, please contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions directly.
How long does it take to complete the PhD in Political Economy and Government? Can I apply credits from my master’s program?
It takes about five-and-a-half years. No, we do not accept transfer credits from any program to count towards your PhD.
How long do students need to be in-residence?
We require our PhD candidates to be here on-campus at Harvard for a minimum of three years.
May I study part-time or is distance learning available?
No, we are a full-time program and do not offer part-time or distance learning options. All coursework must be completed in-residence at Harvard.
What is meant by “full course” and “half-course”?
A “full course” is a year-long course that meets several times a week (there are few full courses, all of which are taught at the undergraduate level).
A “half-course” is a semester-long course that meets several times a week, which is standard at Harvard. There are some half-courses that are taught during the entire academic year, and must be taken for the full year to receive the half-course credit.
Do I need to have a faculty advisor or mentor before I enroll?
No, the Standing Committee will assign advisors to all newly admitted students. This committee is comprised of faculty members who focus on the rules and regulations of the doctoral program.
May I change academic tracks once I’ve been admitted to the program?
No, applicants will need to indicate whether they will be on the economics or political science track. If they are admitted, they must stay on their declared track while working towards their doctorate.
Does the PhD in Political Economy and Government Program provide financial assistance?
Yes, up to five incoming students may receive financial packages each year, which cover tuition and summer support for four years, and include a stipend for their first and second years.
Do students work while pursuing their PhDs?
Yes, students often work as teaching fellows or research assistants starting their second year. We strongly discourage our students from taking any consulting jobs outside Harvard.
How many candidates apply to the PhD in Political Economy and Government program? And how many are accepted?
We expect to receive about 150 to 200 applications, and no more than five students are admitted to the program each year.
Are the application deadlines the same for the PhD in Political Economy and Government, and the PhD in Public Policy?
No, these two programs have different deadlines.
The PhD in Political Economy and Government application and supporting documents are due December 15, 2015 by 5 p.m. EST, while the PhD in Public Policy application and supporting documents are due December 1, 2015 by 5 p.m. EST.
May I submit a writing sample in a language other than English? Can my writing sample be co-authored?
No, we only accept writing samples that are in English. We would like to see a writing sample that you authored on your own; it cannot be co-authored.
May I submit my GMAT or LSAT scores instead of the GRE?
No, our program only accepts the GRE. We do not accept the GMAT or LSAT.
What are the TOEFL requirements?
The TOEFL is not required if international PEG applicants hold bachelor's degrees from institutions where English is the primary language of instruction.
The TOEFL is only required of international applicants who are non-native English speakers if they hold master’s degrees even from institutions where English is the primary language of instruction. These applicants are required to take the TOEFL’s Internet-based test (iBT) and score at least 103-104, to demonstrate their English proficiency.
Where should I send my GRE and TOEFL scores?
Applicants will need to send their GRE and TOEFL scores directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions, using ETS code 3451. The ETS department codes are listed here.