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The Admissions team has created a series of virtual sessions on Applying to Grad School. We're delighted to share a summary of those recordings with you!
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The Harris School of Public Policy's full time master's programs will extend the optional GRE policy to 2022 for all applicants—domestic and international. The policy is open to students who do not wish to share their scores and to students who are unable to take the GRE or GMAT.
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Harris Policy Labs is a unique initiative in which teams of second-year (or second-third quarter MA) Harris students apply their rigorous core education to real-time public policy challenges facing client organizations. Students who complete the program have the chance to make an impact in their policy area of interest before they graduate, and are better-prepared policy professionals with a competitive advantage in the job market.

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One of the unique features of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program is the opportunity to engage in hands-on policy research. The faculty-led Capstone Research Project is the culmination and highlight of the seven-week program. We spoke with Austin Wright, Assistant Professor and DPSS Faculty Director, to learn more about the capstone project.
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The October 5 Early Action deadline will be here faster than we know it—start your application if you haven't done so already! We frequently receive questions from eager students on how they can strengthen their application. Ahead of the deadline, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can make your application stand out—read more to hear our Directors, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer's thoughts on these frequently asked questions!
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Established in 2015, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts promotes discussion, understanding, and resolution of global conflicts through research, education and engagement with the global policy community. As part of the education component of its mission, The Pearson Institute annually awards Fellowships to a select group of distinguished MPP students. Read more...
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As part of our new series on application tips from Harris students, Lina Wu, MPP class of 2023, and Izzie Hirschy, MPP class of 2022, share tips for successfully preparing your application.
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We recently interviewed two incoming MPP students, Noah Fischer and Nina Levine, to share their application experience, challenges, and advice. Read the first part of their interview.
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While tips on applying to grad school from the Admissions team can be helpful to prospective students as they work through their application, we know many prospective students are also eager to hear more from current students. We interviewed two incoming MPP students Nina Levine and Noah Fischer, to share their application experience, challenges, and advice.
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As we near the end of summer, many students plan to attend in-person classes in the fall. Whether you are new to UChicago, a second year student, or a Chicago resident, we wanted to share some activities and restaurants in Hyde Park that no one should overlook.
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Many Harris students bring years of work experience to our community, as well as partners and families. Balancing the return to school with family responsibilities can sometimes be daunting, so in this blog, we share some resources for students with partners and families as they plan the transition to Harris.
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The Evening Master’s Program (EMP) application is open for cohorts starting Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022. We sat down with Devon Reber Drehmer, Senior Director of Student Recruitment and Operations, to answer questions and share tips on how students can get started on their EMP application.
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Liz Nelson, MSCAPP’21, shares why Computer Science with Applications 1 was foundational to her learning at Harris and in her new role as a Software Engineer at Ad Hoc LLC.
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Incoming students may still have questions about which sections of Microeconomics and Statistics to select in the Core. Kusala Molligoda, MPP Class of 2022, covers some key differences between the two courses and provides an overview of the coding proficiency needed to maximize the Harris Core experience.
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Our application for the Fall of 2022 is now open! As you’re working through your application or beginning your graduate search process you may be wondering which program is the best fit for you. We’ve shared some frequently asked questions with two of our Directors, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer.
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While the application will soon open for prospective students, many incoming students are preparing for orientation programming and the upcoming fall quarter. Victoria Sellas, MPP Class of 2022, shares her thoughts on imposter syndrome, the phenomenon in which people feel as though they do not belong or deserve to be where they are, despite evidence of high achievement.
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One of the most common topics applicants ask us about are the letters of recommendation. These letters are an important part of your application and provide the committee with helpful information and insight into your ability to be successful at Harris Public Policy. In this post, Director of Student Recruitment Devon Reber Drehmer answers some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope these answers will be helpful to you as you are completing your application before the Early Action deadline on October 5!
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Prospective students frequently share questions with our team about essay statements. While it’s one of our favorite parts of the application reading experience, we know that writing essay components can be anxiety-inducing for applicants. Here is some helpful guidance on approaching and starting your motivational statement and essays.
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At Harris Public Policy, your Career Development Office is looking forward to supporting incoming students with your career pursuits—through your candidate* experience and beyond. After the introductory Career Camp, you will begin your one-on-one career coaching, a personalized approach to your unique career needs that will continue long after you graduate. But there’s no reason to wait until September to start your career readiness! We strongly encourage all candidates to explore our Virtual Career Development Center.
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If you are an incoming student starting at Harris in the fall, the Career Development Office (CDO) shared some frequently asked questions that will help you as you begin your career coaching.