No matter how great your passion, policy with real impact doesn’t evolve from ideology or intuition, or even experience. At Harris Public Policy, we believe that developing effective public policy is a science, based on data and measurable impact.
Following five guiding principles, we develop leaders who fearlessly ask the hard questions and follow the evidence to find the answers, leaders who are adept at using the best science of our day to figure out what’s best for society—and can get it done.
At Harris Public Policy, we teach you how to turn your passion for doing good into proven social impact. Here you will develop the skills you need to ask the hard questions, follow the evidence to the answers, and lead the change you'd like to see.
Ideology, intuition, and experience alone are not proven sources for policy solutions. Addressing today’s global, interconnected challenges—and reaping the opportunities—takes rigorous inquiry. That's why we are here.
When you come to Harris Public Policy, you join a community of fearless thinkers who are engaged inside and outside the classroom, enjoy this vibrant campus of more than 8,000 graduate students, and immerse themselves in the dynamic cultural life of the city of Chicago.
At Harris, we offer an unparalleled educational experience.
34 faculty members, plus 9 joint appointments
390 students from 20+ countries
3,000+ alumni worldwide
6 degrees offered, plus 8 joint-degrees
15 institutes, centers and labs
1975 founded the Committee on Public Policy Studies, which will later become Harris Public Policy