Harris students are passionate, driven, and committed to positive change.

Rigorous coursework in microeconomics, statistics, and analytical politics equips students with the quantitative and analytical skills to evaluate and recommend sound policies in a variety of contexts.

countries represented
had job offers
secured employment
secured employment within three months of graduation

Employed by 200+ organizations worldwide:

Ballot Ready Manatt The World Bank pfm UNDP Deloitte
"Armed with their data-intensive, analytical skill set, Harris graduates are proving invaluable to non-profit, private, and public sector organizations at this moment when the policy landscape is marked by so many emergent and persistent challenges.”
Katherine Baicker
Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor
Harris School of Public Policy

Salaries By Sector

Salary Range
Public/Government Agency

Top Specified Policy Areas

Alumni working in policy-related careers most commonly reported working in the following policy areas:


Education Policy


Economic and Fiscal


Health Care


Municipal or Public Finance

Top Three Primary Responsibilities


Data Analytics




Consulting/Advisory Services

Average Years of Work Experience

Including internships prior to attending Harris

0-1 Years
1-3 Years
3-5 Years
5+ Years
domestic underrepresented minority students
hold advanced degrees
pursued a PhD after graduation
"An integral part of my Harris experience has been prioritizing the voices of community stakeholders, which also helps me identify the importance of inclusive public policy. Policy needs to be written in a certain way that ensures access for current and future stakeholders."
Brenda Soriano-Villa, MPP'22

Advance Your Career

Harris Public Policy graduates launch careers across sectors and around the world.

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We know the search for talent can be tough. The Harris Career Development Office will take the time to understand your plans and needs, so you can recruit diverse, global-minded professionals with skills specific to your values. Let us be your pro bono recruiter.

2022 Career Outcomes Report

The Harris Career Development Office surveyed students in the Class of 2021 in an exit survey at the time of graduation, with a follow-up survey six months after graduation. Of the 460 students who graduated between July 2020 and June 2021, 388 (84 percent) reported employment information. Data in this report is based on survey results from responding graduates, as well as other sources. Out of the 388 graduates, 357 (92 percent) sought employment and 31 did not seek employment for reasons such as continuing education or starting a company. Out of 357 students seeking employment, 343 (96 percent) accepted an offer of employment.

The following Harris programs are reflected in outcome data:

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP) | A two-year program that combines coursework with applied experience to equip graduates with the skills to make data-driven decisions in a variety of contexts.
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy (MA) | A one-year program that complements additional graduate studies or significant work experience.
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) | A 15-month degree that offers foundational training in public policy alongside intensive research methods training.
  • Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) | A two-year degree offered jointly with the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science that prepares graduates for a career at the intersection of public policy and data science.
  • Evening Master’s Program (EMP) | A part-time program designed for mid-career professionals that confers a Master of Arts in Public Policy in four quarters.