The “discipline-plus” structure of the PhD Programs in Social Policy means you complete all the requirements of Government or Sociology departments, plus a three-semester complementary program of study and research in social policy. This allows you to develop a thorough grounding in the theory, methods, and substantive focus of your primary discipline—political science or sociology—before embarking on a sequence of courses and research in social policy in your second year.

You will be  supported throughout by faculty members across the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS) and Harvard Kennedy School.