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Whether your background is econ or English, at a food bank or the World Bank, you can design your path at Harris Public Policy according to your passions and career goals. You can specialize in one or more specific policy areas with Certificates, or pursue your degree part-time with our Evening Master's Program.
Whichever degree program you choose, the core curriculum and applied experiences will give you the tools to ask the hard questions to make smarter, data-driven decisions that lead to measurable results.
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a new program from the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy for rising leaders from around the world who are focused on an issue of global importance, who have a track record and commitment to advancing the public good, and who want to accelerate their impact.
There are two components of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program: students will earn a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MA-IDP) at Harris Public Policy, and have the opportunity to receive a one-of-a-kind scholarship that includes full tuition and expenses, a stipend for living expenses, and access to exceptional programming outside the classroom. Scholars will work with members of the Obama Foundation to gain real-world skills, tools, and experiences that will expand the impact of their work.
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Across the public and private sectors, a new generation of data-minded leaders is needed to bring fresh thinking and different approaches to the world's most pressing policy challenges. Our flagship degree, the Master of Public Policy (MPP), is a two-year program designed to equip people like you with the analytical skills needed to drive real and lasting policy change.
See what the Harris MPP can do to advance your career and help you make an impact in the policy arena today.
Working in an industry such as energy, health care, or finance? Are you trying to lead a non-profit organization through the current political and social climate? Need to better demonstrate the impact of your organization's programs?
Learn more about the Harris Public Policy Evening Master's Program. Housed downtown, it's designed for mid-career professionals who are looking to make a measurable impact on the social and public policy issues they and their organizations face. The program culminates in a Master of Arts in public policy and can be completed in four quarters. Classes will be held on nights and weekends and take place at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
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The doctoral program at Harris prepares students interested in research-oriented careers involving the substantive and institutional aspects of public policy. Our doctoral students have close ties with the greater research community at the University of Chicago, and many of our candidates are engaged in the classroom and in workshops at the Department of Economics and Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Whether your passion is tackling climate change at the systemic level, applying the most cutting-edge computer science to analyze how policies impact lives, or anything in between, you'll find a Harris degree program that fits your goals.
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Our students and faculty work together in more than a dozen Harris centers and institutes that advance research, spark new ideas for the policy community, and offer a forum for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Through fellowship and research assistantship opportunities, our centers and institutes give you the opportunity to work alongside some of the world's foremost policy researchers and experts, gaining valuable experience in your chosen policy area.
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The Harris Public Policy Recruitment team is excited about meeting you and has a variety of ways in which to connect. Our Admissions events page provides a full schedule of upcoming programs, webinars and events near you. Join us on campus, in towns around the US, cities around the globe, or online to learn more about Harris Public Policy.
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