Health care and politics. Inequality and public policy. Economics and disruption.

You see today's most compelling global issues as complex, interrelated, and urgent. You believe that fresh ideas—and research to carry them through—are critical to building stronger communities and a more just world.

In collaboration with the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS), Harvard Kennedy School immerses you in rigorous learning that bridges academic disciplines and draws from leading faculties across the university’s graduate schools. When you pursue a doctoral degree at HKS, you are among extraordinarily bright minds, you’ll work with committed faculty members who are leaders in their fields, and you’ll have unparalleled access to resources across Harvard University.

Prepare yourself for a career in academia or policymaking that demands advanced knowledge of economics, political science, and social policy. Translate your ideas into action that can untangle our world’s unprecedented challenges. Join us.


PhD in Public Policy

This program fosters scholarly research that empowers public policy practitioners to make informed decisions and be leaders in their fields.


PhD in Health Policy

This interdisciplinary PhD program will develop the specialized skills you need for a research and teaching career in health policy.


PhD in Social Policy

This program combines the disciplinary depth of a PhD in political science or sociology with multidisciplinary study of social policy issues.