The interdisciplinary PhD in Political Economy and Government (PEG) prepares students who are interested in the intersection of economics and politics for rewarding careers in academia and policymaking.

What do we look for in our PEG students?

First of all, a passion for the subject matter. The curriculum covers a range of topics—international economic relations, political development, political and economic institutions, and institutional transition and reform.

Your academic background is important. To be prepared for the rigors of the program, you must have completed and excelled in the following before you enroll:

  • At least two semesters of calculus
  • Mathematics courses up to and including multivariate calculus

Importantly, we look for strong recommendations from individuals in academia or other professional sectors who know you well and can tell us about your qualifications for our program.

What else you should know

We will also look at your GRE scores for any tests you have taken in the past five years. Just note we do not accept the GMAT or LSAT.  If you are an international applicant, you will need to submit your TOEFL iBT score if you meet either of these criteria:

  • You hold the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction
  • You are a non-native English speaker (even if you hold a master's degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction)

You will need to specify the academic track—either economics or political science—that you will focus on, and commit to your declared track for the full duration of our program.  You must also be in-residence at Harvard for at least three years.