Harris Public Policy offers several different full-time and part-time master’s programs, most with various certificate options, as well as joint degree programs and a doctoral program designed for an academic or research-oriented career.  

We also offer executive education programs and the opportunity to get a taste of Harris through the Graduate Student-at-Large Program, which offers credit transferable to degree-granting programs.

Our degree comparison chart below can help you make a decision between the MPP, MA, and Evening Master's. Our master's degree chart offers introductory information on all of our master's programs. For more information about all of our degree programs, including joint degrees and executive education opportunities, visit our Programs & Degrees page.

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FAQ

What can I do with a policy degree?

What can I do with a policy degree?

Since a public policy degree provides a set of research, analytical, communication, and management skills that are transferable across sectors and issue areas, graduates have flexibility in choosing their career paths.

Public policy graduates often move back and forth between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, or between international and US-based work. Harris graduates are highly sought-after specifically for their strategic skills, and many have gone on to be social entrepreneurs. Employers look for graduates to help understand and communicate complex data and information in a way that clearly and concisely supports effective decision-making. In the nonprofit sector, the analytical and program evaluation techniques learned can be useful in demonstrating the impact of an organization's programs, which can be useful for funding, governmental relations, and lobbying efforts.

A public policy degree can also be beneficial in industries such as energy, health care, finance, transportation, telecommunications, education, or other heavily regulated industries that are impacted by laws or policy outcomes or have a dependency on lobbying and political influence. An understanding of policy can help professionals in those industries as they advance in their careers.

What is an MPP degree?

What is an MPP degree?

A Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree emphasizes rigorous modeling and analysis, evaluating information to solve complex policy problems. As policymakers, managers, analysts, business and non-profit leaders, our MPP graduates work with quantitative and qualitative data to develop and assess approaches to current and emerging issues. MPP graduates work in a variety of public service fields, all levels of government (federal, state, and local), nonprofits, international organizations, consulting firms, and in the private sector.
 

How is Harris different from other policy schools?

How is Harris different from other policy schools?

For more than 25 years, we've been shifting the conception of public policy from an ideology, reliant on politics and pedigree, to a science rooted in data and impact. Students come to us from all over the world, with different social, political, and academic backgrounds and an extraordinary array of policy interests—child and family policy, social policy, international policy, public finance, health policy, education policy, and more. They are bound by a common passion for problem-solving and commitment to the public good. Our analytical training with relevant application to solve real-world problems gives students the tools to tackle the most pressing policy issues of our day.

I do not have a quantitative background. Can I handle the demanding course work at Harris?

I do not have a quantitative background. Can I handle the demanding course work at Harris?

Roughly one-third of our full-time students consider themselves as not having a strong quantitative background prior to applying to and enrolling at Harris. Many demonstrated their capability by scoring well on the GRE or taking supplemental quantitative courses prior to coming to Harris. We have all the resources necessary to ensure that enrolling students will excel in our core curriculum.

How do I apply to Harris Public Policy?

How do I apply to Harris Public Policy?

Applications must be submitted through the University’s online system. You can save your application and work on it at your convenience. Harris only accepts electronic applications.

Requirements and deadlines vary for our full-time and part-time programs. Requirements and Deadlines details the process for our full-time program. How to Apply provides information on requirements, deadlines and financial aid for our part-time program. Our Admissions team is available to provide more information about what you need to do for your specific situation.