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The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy blends our legacy of evidence-based policy research and analytical tools with a real-world inquiry of current topics that challenge today’s leaders.
The Harris Evening Master’s Program (EMP) is an ideal fit for mid-career professionals from all industries, including nonprofits, law, education, consulting, healthcare, and more. We provide a deep understanding of policy fundamentals and a strong foundation in analytical tools that will augment your current skill set, helping you become a more informed leader and decision-maker.
Our part-time program is designed to accommodate the demands of personal, family, and work that are unique to mid-career professionals. Cohorts are admitted in Autumn (September) and Spring (March). Spaces per cohort are limited; we encourage you to apply early.
The application for programs beginning in spring (March) and fall (September) of 2023 is now open—apply now.
To receive a short video overview of our academic programs, please complete this form.
To connect with a member of our team about the Evening Master's Program, register for an event or submit a request for more information.
Schedule and timing: two evening classes per week, one Saturday per quarter, with September and March start dates.
Learning format: tight-knit cohort model of Chicago mid-career peer leaders, led by world-class UChicago faculty.
Speed to degree: entire program takes four quarters (15 months) to complete.
Applications are reviewed for both admissions decisions and scholarships. Complete this short form for more information on scholarships.
NO GRE/GMAT or other test score required to apply.
Location: Convene, 311 West Monroe, located between South Franklin and South Wacker Streets in The Loop. Convene is ideal for working professionals downtown. Students are a short walk from Ogilvie and Union Station and the 37 CTA bus, and a few blocks from the Quincy and Washington/Wells CTA “L” station. View more about the transit and parking near Convene on their website.
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The application for the next cohorts launching in March and September of 2023 is now open. Complete this short form to receive a 3-minute video overview of our academic programs.
Applications received after the targeted application deadline will be reviewed as space is available and may be reviewed for a future quarter.
Jessica Gagle, Director of Student Recruitment for the Evening Master's Program, offers her tip for applying to Harris. If you have not already, schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with Jessica.
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At the Harris School of Public Policy, we teach you how to turn your passion for doing good into proven social impact. Here you will develop the skills you need to ask the hard questions, follow the evidence to the answers, and lead the change you'd like to see.
Harris alumni are working around the world as economists, analysts, CEOs, and diplomats. From rural villages to nations' capitals, they are taking on complex issues and making a difference.
Whatever the policy area you're interested in, the Harris School of Public Policy offers a full scope of career development resources to help you refine your professional skills, search for career opportunities, and connect with employers.
Explore the Harris Career Outcomes Report.
The Harris School of 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 and information sessions for the Evening Master's Program.
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