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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.
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For more than 25 years, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has been driven by the belief that evidence-based research, not ideology or intuition, is the best guide for public policy. Guided by this exacting perspective, our exceptional community of scholars, students, and more than 3,000 alumni take on the world’s most complex challenges using the latest tools of social science. As one of the largest graduate professional schools at the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy offers a full range of degree and executive education programs to empower a new generation of data-driven leaders to create a positive social impact throughout our global society.
Harris by the Numbers
Harris Public Policy is one of seven professional schools and five divisions with graduate programs at the University of Chicago. Founded in 1890, the University has nearly 6,000 undergraduate students; 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students; about 2,300 faculty members; and more than 160,000 alumni worldwide.