PhD in Political Economy & Government

Apply by December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST

Applications to the PhD in Political Economy & Government (PEG) and PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) programs are 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 PEG and PPOL candidates with a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences, but all show interest in research and promise for distinguished careers.

Our Admissions Committee reviews all submitted applications, but focuses on applicants with demonstrated ability and motivation to pursue research who have exceptional:

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

If you are applying to the PEG, you will need to choose an academic track—either economics or political science.  If you are admitted to one track, you are not permitted to change tracks.

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

You cannot defer admission once you have been admitted to either the PEG or PPOL program.  If you want to enroll at a later date, you will need to submit a new application altogether.


Learn how to apply to the PEG, PPOL, Health Policy, Social Policy PhD programs