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Government Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


Front view of The White House in Washington, DC

Explore the institutions of government, politics, policy, and the systems used to govern communities and nation-states.

In this graduate degree program, you gain a deeper understanding of the complex role of governmental organizations within society.

What You'll Learn

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.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Government.

Your government degree peers are putting their global understanding and policy training to work in a variety of public service, corporate, and nonprofit industries.

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 66%

    Working Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 15 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Advancement

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • SSCI 100B Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences—Government and History
  • One government course
  • One government course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42b)

Choose your admissions pathway. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

The experience of this program has given me a far more in-depth understanding of the challenges of human rights in the United States and globally, and has helped me hone my strategies for future work to bring equality to women.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.