60 months
Tuition fee
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The PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) program at Harvard Kennedy School provides the advanced graduate training you need to successfully launch yourself into a research or related position in academia, government, a nongovernmental organization, or the private sector.


You will get the training you need to conduct analytical research, help shape and execute policy, and teach the next generation of educators, researchers, and practitioners. 

Key Features 

  • The Public Policy program from Harvard Kennedy School encourages scholarly research that empowers public policy practitioners like you to make informed decisions and be leaders in their fields.
  • PPOL graduates enter the workplace prepared to teach, research, and make a profound impact in academia, while for others the degree leads to productive careers in the private sector.

Programme Structure

The PPOL coursework combines core requirements in theory and methods with primary and secondary concentrations in areas such as:

  • Economic regulatory policy
  • Environmental and natural resource policy
  • International development
  • International economic policy
  • International security relations
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Science, technology, and policy studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT

English requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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 research paper you have written by yourself that has a policy focus (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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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