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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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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.
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In honor of Pride Month, we rounded up a few resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) students, staff, and faculty at Harris.
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In addition to a world-class education, Harris students have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from world-class research centers and institutes. Below is a summary of Harris’s research centers and institutes, which are tackling some of the world’s most challenging policy issues.
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Isabelle Hirschy, MPP Class of 2022, comes from a service background and wasted no time getting involved in the local community at Harris. In this post, she discusses various civic engagement opportunities for students while they study at Harris.
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Each year incoming students participate in The Common Read, reading a shared text before arriving at Harris. The main goal is to have all incoming students collectively share in a single learning experience while gaining an appreciation for diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and individual stories. This year’s Common Read, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, was carefully selected by current Harris students and reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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Our team has gathered some essay writing tips ahead of the June 15 application deadline.
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Thinking about applying to Harris? Our Round 3 deadline is June 15. The Student Recruitment and Global Outreach team would like to share six video tips for completing a successful application!
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Andrés Fortunato: MPP Class of 2021, talks about his experience moving from Argentina to Chicago to study public policy.
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This summer, Professor Austin Wright led the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) and International Policy Action Lab (IPAL) programs in a research project on Covid-19 mask mandates. Teaching Fellows Geet Chawla, MPP Class of 2021, Luke Chen, MACRM Class of 2020, and Anthony Farmer, MPP Class of 2021, worked alongside Wright on a research paper, “Tracking Mask Mandates During the Covid-19 Pandemic.” We asked the Teaching Fellows about their experience this summer.
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Sabrina de la Vega, MPP Class of 2021, shared her experience taking one of her favorite courses at Harris.
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Harris Student Government (HSG) elections provided an opportunity for returning students to choose their leadership for the 2021-22 school year. Rana Khalil and Kartik Saboo are excited to direct HSG’s efforts as co-presidents as students return to Harris in the fall. Read on to learn more about Rana and Kartik and their plans for the next year!
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Since January 2021, we have hosted a Health Policy Living Room Series with Ellen Cohen, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Social Sciences. Read summaries and watch recordings of the sessions.
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Many students, regardless of their academic background, choose to enroll in Math & Coding Camp as a way to connect with their peers and begin focusing on graduate school. Math & Coding Camp also prepares you for the math exam, required of all incoming master’s students.

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Ryan Webb, Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) Class of 2021, interned as a Research Aide at Argonne National Lab this summer. He wrote this piece to reflect on this experience.
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If you are an admitted student, you may still have a few questions about financial aid and student loans. Please see below for information that you may find helpful as you are finalizing your financial plans: