Information for Prospective Graduate Students


If you are interested in graduate study in political science, Harvard University's Department of Government offers exceptional resources. Our dedication to excellence in all fields of political science and our encouragement of diverse approaches are evident in both our faculty and our curriculum. Long recognized for our commitment to historical, institutional, and philosophical approaches to the study of politics, the Government Department has in recent years added new strength in quantitative, behavioral, and formal theory approaches. This fusion of the best of traditional and contemporary political science is illustrated by the roster of departmental faculty members.

Throughout your graduate education you will have an opportunity to define and explore your own questions about politics and government. This original research can be greatly facilitated by the resources of the Government Department and the University. Harvard has the largest university library in the world, together with an almost limitless array of research centers and institutes that bring together scholars and practitioners of government from around the globe. The resources of Harvard also include a generous financial aid program and the excitement of life in the Cambridge-Boston area.

Application for Admission

The application for admissions is available at The application fee is $105.

Application information and instructions are available at Applicants with admissions questions should call 617-496-6100 from 2-5pm EST or email  Applicants with financial aid questions should call 617-495-5396 or email

Graduate Program:

       Assistant Director of Graduate Studies:       Director of Graduate Studies:      
       Thom Wall                                                    Joshua D. Kertzer
       Office: CGIS K-153                                      Office: CGIS K-206
       Phone: 617-495-2149                                  Phone: 617-384-7231