Move Policy Forward.

Public policy is the gateway to designing a better future.

Public, private, and nonprofit sectors are wrestling with complex and urgent policy issues that deeply impact citizens in Chicago and around the world. Local and global turbulence requires professionals that can deftly navigate organizational leadership, ethics, and innovation while expertly applying data science, policy, and economic analysis to create lasting change.

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy blends our legacy of evidence-based policy research and analytical tools with real-world inquiry of current topics that challenge today’s leaders. We invite mid-career professionals interested in completing graduate school part-time in downtown Chicago to join us in making a measurable impact and bringing evidence-based policymaking to all sectors.

Evening Master's Program Snapshot

  • Schedule and timing: two evening classes per week, one Saturday per quarter, with September, January, and March starts

  • Learning format: tight-knit cohort model of Chicago mid-career peer leaders, led by world-class UChicago faculty

  • Speed to degree: entire program takes four quarters (15 months) to complete.

  • NO GRE/GMAT or other test score required to apply.

  • Location: Convene, 311 West Monroe, located between South Franklin and South Wacker Streets in The Loop. Convene is ideal for working professionals downtown. Students are a short walk from Ogilvie and Union Station and the 37 CTA bus, and a few blocks from the Quincy and Washington/Wells CTA “L” station. View more about the transit and parking near Convene on their website.

  • Students will have access to resources in Hyde Park, such as events in the Keller center or the UChicago Library, while using the Convene space for class, office hours with faculty or teaching assistants, and to meet with staff members supporting the EMP.

  • In addition to classroom space, students will have IT/AV support on site, complimentary refreshments, and access to open gallery space during scheduled hours.

Evening Master's Program Overview

The Harris Evening Master’s Program (EMP) is an ideal fit for mid-career professionals from all industries, including nonprofits, law, education, consulting, healthcare, and more. We provide a deep understanding of policy fundamentals and a strong foundation in analytical tools that will augment your current skill set, helping you become a more informed leader and decision-maker.

Our part-time program is designed to accommodate the demands of personal, family, and work that are unique to mid-career professionals. Cohorts are admitted every quarter: Autumn (September), Winter (January), and Spring (March). Spaces per cohort are limited; we encourage you to apply early.

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    Want to Apply?

    Applications for Winter, Spring, and Fall of 2022 are now open. Applications received after the targeted application deadline will be reviewed as space is available and may be reviewed for a future quarter.