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For questions regarding deadlines and the application process for the PhD in Public Policy, please see the Office of Admissions.
250 applications are anticipated; the average class size is 12.
The writing sample must be written in English and cannot be co-authored. The writing sample should be a research paper that has a policy focus and does not exceed 10,000 words.
The average time to completion is five years.
Minimum: three years.
There are no part-time or distance learning options. All course work must be completed in residence full-time at Harvard.
A full course is a year-long course that meets several times a week. (There are only a few such courses, all of which are taught at the undergraduate level.) A half-course is a semester course that meets several times a week. (This is the standard structure for a Harvard course.) Note: Some half-courses are taught over the entire academic year. These courses must be taken for the full year in order to get half-course credit.
No. The Standing Committee will assign advisors to all first year students.
50% - Academia
25% - Government
25% - Consulting
A complete list of job placements can be found in the PhD Career Placement Archive (link to PDF).
No. The PhD in Public Policy application deadline is December 2, 2013, 5pm EST. The deadline for the PhD in Political Economy and Government application is January 2, 2014, 5pm EST.
Applicants whose native language is other than English and who do not hold the equivalent of a US Bachelor degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit scores from the Internet based test (IBT) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A masters degree from an institution where English is the primarly language of instruction does not waive the TOEFL requirement.
Applicants must take the TOEFL IBT test and score at or above 103-104.
No. Applicants to the Public Policy program may not present the GMAT.
GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent to GSAS using ETS code 3451; ETS department codes may be found here.