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PhD in Public Policy
The application deadline for fall 2022 admission was Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.

Applications to the Public Policy (PPOL) PhD program is managed by Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

You must submit your admissions materials directly to the GSAS Office of Admissions—not Harvard Kennedy School—to be considered for the program. Admissions decisions are sent out in mid-March.

We receive applications from PPOL candidates with a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences, but all show interest in research and promise for distinguished careers.

We review all submitted applications, but focus on applicants with demonstrated ability and motivation to pursue research who have exceptional:

  • Academic records
  • Test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Quantitative skills

There isn’t a need for you to name your faculty advisor in your application.  You will be assigned to one after you are admitted to our programs.

Deferring Admission

Deferrals are not common but are granted on a case-by-case basis.