Government, Master | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
12 months
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37200 USD/year
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About

Explore the institutions of government, politics, policy, and the systems used to govern communities and nation-states. In this Government master offered by Harvard University, you gain a deeper understanding of the complex role of governmental organizations within society. 

Overview

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through the master's degree in the field of government you:

  • Build an understanding of government’s role in relation to economics, education, ethics, history, law, philosophy, and sociology.
  • Gain crucial theoretical and practical insights into governance and other challenges of governmental and nongovernmental administration.
  • Explore political practice and theory, and analyze political behavior, cultures, and systems.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The degree includes 12 courses, three of which are taken on campus.

Get started. You begin by completing three stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.

Apply to the program. While you are completing your third degree course, you submit the admission application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.

Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus.

Thesis option. If you choose this option, you'll work one-on-one with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scholarly research is executed and communicated.

Capstone option. For the capstone option, you work with a capstone instructor and in community with fellow candidates to craft a policy, historical, or community-based analysis on a topic of your choice. The final paper will represent the caliber of writing and research evident in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Government.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Comparative Politics
  • American Government—A New Perspective
  • International Conflict and Cooperation
  •  Political Science Research Methods
  • Cyberpolitics
  • The Politics of Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Preventive Measures: International Peace and Security Challenges.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

48 SCH

Delivered

On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
3 (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

To begin the admission process, you complete:

  • Proseminar: Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences
  • To register, you must pass the critical reading and writing skills test or earn a B or higher in the relevant expository writing course.
  • You need to earn the minimum grade of B in a maximum of two registration attempts. The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
  • One government course
  • One government course or elective.
While the three courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, we highly recommend that you start with the proseminar. All three courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

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.

Financing

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Funding

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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