Harris graduates bring a range of in-demand skills to employers around the world.

total number of graduates
represented countries
job-seeking students reported job offers
job-seeking students secured employment
employed students accepted offers within three months of graduation

Employed by 200+ organizations worldwide:

Ballot Ready Manatt The World Bank pfm UNDP Deloitte
“For me, there is a very direct line between having the degree and the position I have today. I have no doubt that the Harris degree and the University of Chicago credential were helpful in getting me through the door.”
Natalie Foster, AM'19
Program Analyst
“We have found that Harris students bring an analytical eye for problem solving and can easily adapt to any research question, regardless of the specific policy area. Harris students have a knack for seeing the bigger picture and asking critical questions to get to the root of a problem. Not only do they complete work with excellence, but they identify solutions for future improvements across our company.”
David Spearman, MPP'14
Data Director
“I wear many hats in my role at Deloitte and I use my Harris toolkit for all of them. My time at Harris provides a foundation for my work every day, from the critical thinking and analysis skills I learned in the Core to my experiences working with diverse teams and partners as a leader of the Inter-Policy School Summit.”
Analeise Wagner, MPP'20
Advisory Consultant
“Harris students bring a unique blend of passion for public policy and technical prowess to the work of our office; they have been invaluable to the reform efforts we are pursuing.”
Robert Ross
Chief Data Officer
Cook County Assessor's Office
“I partner with an office within the Federal Government that serves the roles of regulator, convener, and strategist, and I help them bridge the gap between each of those roles. I create data-informed processes to further my client’s strategy and regulatory goals, which guide how they work with their Federal partners and industry stakeholders.”
Annie Gentile, MPP'20
Senior Consultant
Booz Allen Hamilton
“I worked exclusively on a project that uses machine learning techniques to estimate household poverty in Pakistan using satellite imagery and other passively collected data sources. My role was to improve upon the preliminary work to a more advanced model that utilized deep learning techniques which could meaningfully consider geospatial aspects of satellite data.”
Nguyen Luong
World Bank Intern
Development Impact, Evaluation Unit
“We have recruited at Harris the past two years for our Global Public Policy Summer Internship and we have been very impressed with the talent and our overall experience with the recruitment process at the school. The candidates we interview are always professional and personable, and they demonstrate a strong understanding of the health policy issues important to our company and industry.”
Jordan Maitland
Eli Lilly and Company

Salaries By Sector

Salary Range
Public Agency

Top Specified Policy Areas

Alumni working in policy-related careers most commonly reported working in the following policy areas:


Health Care


Economics and Fiscal




Social Impact

Top Three Primary Responsibilities


Data Analytics


Project Management



Average Years of Work Experience,
Including Internships

prior to attending Harris

0-1 Years
1-3 Years
3-5 Years
5+ Years
domestic underrepresented minority students
of all students have previous masters degrees
of students pursued a PhD after graduation
2021 Career Outcomes Report
2021 Career Outcomes Report (PDF, 7 MB)

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2021 Career Outcomes Report

Data is accurate as of printed publication date.

The Harris Career Development Office surveyed students in the Class of 2020 in an exit survey at the time of graduation, with a follow-up survey six months after graduation. Of the 370 students who graduated between July 2019 and June 2020, 306 (83 percent) reported employment information. Data in this report is based on survey results from responding graduates, as well as other sources. Out of the 306 respondents, 281 (92 percent) sought employment and 25 did not seek employment for reasons such as continuing education or starting a company. Out of 281 graduates seeking employment, 263 (94 percent) accepted employment.

Salaries by Sector

Of the graduates who accepted employment offers, 197 graduates (75 percent) reported salary information. Two of these 197 graduates were omitted from the chart above because the graduate’s salary reflected part-time employment, and twenty-three of these 197 graduates were omitted from the chart above because their compensation was for an internship or fellowship.

The calculation of maximum salary is among MPP students and excludes dual and joint degree graduates.