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The Evening Master's Program (EMP) at Harris is specifically designed to equip you with the skills to help you make a measurable impact in Chicago and around the world, all while continuing to work at your organization. The final deadline to apply to the class starting in fall 2022 is June 15. Read our blog overview of career outcomes, program breakdown, and the EMP student body.
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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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The Harris Core Curriculum (“the Core”) is a two-quarter sequence of six foundational courses in microeconomics, statistics for data analysis, and analytical politics. The Core is a distinguishing aspect of the Harris academic experience and sets Harris apart from other policy graduate programs. Lindsay Hiser, MPP Class of 2023, shares her experience taking courses in the Core Curriculum and her reflections on its impact.
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We regularly host Roundtables with alumni of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program who share their UChicago experience and advice for prospective students. We asked alumni how they applied their skills in the workplace.

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We regularly host Roundtables with alumni of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program who share their UChicago experience and advice for prospective students. We asked alums how they navigated the quantitative coursework of DPSS. Below are pieces of their testimonies. Access our webinar recordings or our DPSS Alumni Stories webpage for additional highlights.
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Harris graduates bring a range of in-demand skills to employers all around the world. Kevin Hartman, MBA/MPP’98, Chief Analytics Evangelist, Google, notes, “The students that I’m seeing that come to us from the Harris School have that kind of rigor—and the ability to do the deep, quantitative thinking and analysis—and yet have the great way of linking that to discussion, conversation, and storytelling." As you decide where you will make your next academic home, we wanted to share a quick overview of our career outcomes.
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Harris Student Organizations are an opportunity to make connections, put policy into practice, and develop and refine your leadership, teamwork, and project management skills. Interested in learning more? Admissions is hosting a series of Harris Student Organization Community Chats April 11–15, which are casual, conversational meetings with members of HSOs to ask questions in a small group format.
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For admitted students joining us for in-person Admitted Student Days April 7–9, we wanted to gather a complete itinerary in one place for your reference.
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Victor Hinardi, MPP Class of 2023, writes about his experiences working with Harris staff.
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Admitted Student Week is a chance for newly admitted students to connect with current and incoming students, as well as alumni, hear from faculty across policy areas, learn about the student support offered at Harris, and see the unique opportunities to study public policy and gain hands-on experience. We asked the Admissions team what they look forward to most about Admitted Student Week April 4–9.
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Isabelle Hirschy, MPP Class of 2022, writes about how she built and strengthened her community after moving from North Carolina to Chicago.
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Lindsay Hiser, MPP Class of 2023, shares her experience getting to know the state-of-the-art Keller Center that Harris calls home.
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Bradley McCandless, MPP Class of 2022, writes about the Competitive Strategy Game, an interactive experience that puts economic theory into practice and made Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms with Professor Katherine Baird his favorite class.
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As we approach the next Admitted Student Week April 4–9, we wanted to share some fun places to stop in Hyde Park if you decide to visit in person. Whether you are new to UChicago, a second year student, or a Chicago resident, we wanted to share some activities and restaurants in and around Hyde Park that no one should overlook.
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During Admitted Student Week, February 28—March 4, Admissions hosted an International Current Student Panel. In the session, panelists were invited to share a picture they took since they arrived in Chicago that brings back fond memories. We enjoyed their responses so much that we wanted to share them with you.
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We asked our Harris Ambassadors about the highlights of their Admitted Student Week (ASW) last year and what admitted students should look forward to about ASW this year.
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Short-term programs at the University of Chicago, like the Harris Credential Programs, are an investment in your academic and professional career. The programs provide skills you can apply immediately, a global network of peers, and strengthen your resume for your next opportunity. Following are some tips to help you understand the financial planning needed for this investment in your future.
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This year we’re excited to announce our Unlock Series – a list of programming and events you can access as an incoming student. By submitting your admission reply form and deposit, you’ll have access to a variety of resources.
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The PKU-UChicago International Policy Action Lab (IPAL) gives students a foundation in policy analysis and coding with a space to apply the skills in a capstone research project. IPAL provides resources from Peking University and the University of Chicago to broaden the social experience and out-of-classroom learning. We spoke with Shilin Liu, Senior Director of International Partnerships and Executive Education, to learn about these resources for the upcoming 2022 program.
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The Persuasive Writing Credential (PWC) is not your typical online writing course. Whether you work in writing, policy, or another field, this program will enhance your persuasive writing at all stages. Below are four factors, according to students, that make this program unique.