Get one-on-one faculty mentoring and experience in research and quantitative methods with this master’s degree designed for people who want to do serious research or a PhD.

This 15-month master’s degree program is part public policy degree, part research apprenticeship, and part intensive research methods training. It’s designed to be a stepping stone to either a PhD or serious quantitative research jobs in academia, think tanks, or policy organizations.

You will have the opportunity to take PhD-level course work at Harris Public Policy, conduct research and work with world-class faculty at the University of Chicago, enabling you to build a high-level research portfolio and further strengthen your candidacy for top PhD programs or policy institutes.

Applicants should exhibit strong quantitative backgrounds (including exposure to mathematical probability and statistics, multivariate calculus, and matrix algebra).

Hear more from Professor Chris Blattman on what makes the MACRM program unique on his blog

Program Details


What to expect:

  • During the 15-month program (including the summer quarter), you will enroll in PhD core courses focusing on economic theory, game theory, advanced statistics/econometrics, political economy, and quantitative modeling in addition to the policy courses available in your area of interest.
  • You will complete a three quarter research apprenticeship with a faculty member, working 10 hours a week a research assistant while developing ideas for a research paper to be written in the summer/fall of your second year.
  • Faculty members will serve as "placement directors" to help you in your pursuit of admission to a PhD program.

What you'll gain:

  • Build competency in research methods, economic theory, game theory, advanced econometrics, and quantitative modeling.
  • Participate in hands-on research with faculty from various departments at UChicago.
  • Learn the importance and skills of quality research writing and analysis.
Other Requirements
  • Completion of 12 graduate-level courses
  • Completion of nine core courses
  • Completion of a minimum of seven Harris courses
  • Completion of MACRM summer experience
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How is Harris different from other policy schools?

How is Harris different from other policy schools?

We take pride in our diverse student body. 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 rigorous analytical training with relevant application to solve real-world problems gives students the tools to tackle the most pressing policy issues of our day.

How do I apply for scholarships or financial aid?

How do I apply for scholarships or financial aid?

No separate application is required; you only need check the appropriate box on the Harris application for admission and submit your application during Early Action or Round One to be considered. Find a complete list of Harris scholarships and fellowships here.