Ph.D. On Campus

Political Economy and Government

Harvard Kennedy School

48 months
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Dating to the 1930s, the PhD Program in Political Economy and Government (PEG) is the oldest graduate program in the country dedicated to political economy.


We offer a phd degree in Political Economy and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. 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.

Key Features 

  • PEG allows students to focus on an economics or political science perspective of political economy by offering prospective students to apply for the Economics track or the Government track.  
  • Students in these tracks become part of those Faculty of Arts and Sciences departments while completing requirements in both departments.

Programme Structure


  • Microeconomic theory 
  • Macroeconomic theory 
  • Econometrics
  • Two courses in political theory or political economy
  • Two courses in a major political science field
  • Two courses in a major economics field

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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
  • One writing sample you have written by yourself (co-authored pieces not accepted)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 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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