How will you augment your degree?

Harris Public Policy offers a number of certificates that allow our full-time master's students to specialize in particular areas of inquiry. Each certificate has a faculty director, and most are managed through a research center. Requirements for each certificate are set at the beginning of each academic year and are detailed in the pages that follow.

Fast Facts for Current Students 

  • Certificates are posted to your transcript when you graduate (so you would get an MPP with a certificate in municipal finance, for example).

  • Courses taken toward certificates also count toward your degree requirements.

  • Students get preference for registration for courses included in certificates they are pursuing.

  • Students can pursue up to three certificates.

  • Your advisor can help you plan and track your progress toward certificates.

  • Some certificates qualify for the two-year STEM OPT extension for international students. Certificates that qualify state this on the web page for the individual certificate.

  • The application is open throughout the academic year. Students in two-year programs should sign up in the spring of their first year. Students in one year programs can signup as soon as they arrive at Harris.

  • Some certificates are open to any graduate student at the University of Chicago. Eligibility requirements for a specific certificate is indicated on the individual certificate page. If you are a non-Harris student and want to pursue a certificate please complete this application

  • If you need to change certificates just complete a new form indicating only the certificates you want to pursue. 

Questions about certificates can be directed to your academic advisor or to the contact person(s) listed for each certificate.

    David Meltzer


    David Meltzer

    David O. Meltzer is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in doctor patient relationships on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients.