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Political Economy and Government, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
Dating to the 1930s, the PhD Program in Political Economy and Government is the oldest graduate program in the country dedicated to political economy. Since that time, PEG has become the premier program for global scholars like you who want a deeper understanding of the impact of politics on economic processes and outcomes—and the reciprocal influence of economic conditions on political life.
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With an eye to building careers in an academic world still divided into separate disciplines, PEG offers two different tracks: one in economics and one in political science. The two tracks have somewhat different emphases, but both offer ample opportunities for you to tailor courses to your individual needs.PEG gives you rigorous training in economics, formal political theory and quantitative methods, along with a substantive focus on the interaction between economic and political institutions and processes. You'll combine coursework from different Harvard departments and schools for a truly interdisciplinary program of study that covers:

  • International economic relations
  • Political development
  • Political and economic institutions
  • Institutional transition and reform
  • Economic performance
  • Environmental resource policies
  • Social policy
  • Inequality.

A collaborative program between HKS, the Department of Economics and the Department of Government, PEG emphasizes positive—as opposed to normative—political economy. Our diverse and distinguished faculty members include many of the world's leading political economists who are ready to help you pursue any substantive interest.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Economics trackStudents on the economics track will need to complete 16 courses:
  • Microeconomic theory (Econ 2010a, Econ 2010b)
  • Macroeconomic theory (Econ 2010c, Econ 2010d)
  • Econometrics
  • Four courses in government, including two in a major political science field
  • Two courses in a major economics field
  • Two research workshops (3000 level)
Political science trackStudents on the political science track are required to complete 16 courses:
  • Microeconomic theory (Econ 2020a, Econ 2020b)
  • Macroeconomic theory (Econ 2010c)
  • Econometrics
  • Two courses in political theory or political economy
  • Two courses in a major political science field
  • Two courses in a major economics field
  • A field seminar course in government
  • Two course research workshops (3000 level).

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

General Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee
  • CV/resume
  • Official GRE scores; GMAT and LSAT are not accepted
  • Official TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) scores, if necessary
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample authored by you.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44816 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    44816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44816 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Full Tuition— required first two years of study: $44,816
  • Reduced Tuition—required third and fourth years of study:  11,654.

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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