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Government, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
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. 

About

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

For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Our graduate tuition is $2,750 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $33,000.

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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