Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

Special Field

The Harvard Kennedy School recently approved the creation of a special field in Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) for students enrolled in its PhD program in Public Policy (PPOL). This special field draws on the strengths of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University faculty in Science and Technology and Society to provide doctoral-level research and training on issues of policy and governance raised by the increasing centrality of science and technology in society.

Interested students should apply to the PPOL program by December 1, 2017, indicating their interest in the STePS Special Field. All applicants must meet the following course prerequisites:

Microeconomic theory (one university-level course)

Statistics (one university-level course)

Calculus (two semesters at the minimum)

Mathematics up to and including multivariable calculus

Once admitted to and enrolled in PPOL, students will be able to declare a special field in Science, Technology and Policy Studies. A field-specific curriculum will be designed in accordance with the student’s area of interest. Approved elective courses offered at HKS and other Harvard graduate schools will also count toward the degree. Interested students are invited to contact Shana Ashar for more information.