Become a top-tier candidate for the best PhD programs and policy institutes.

Get one-on-one faculty mentoring and hands-on experience in research and quantitative methods with this master’s degree designed for people who want to do serious research or a PhD.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) is a 15-month program that is part public policy degree, part research apprenticeship, and part intensive research methods training. It’s designed to be a stepping stone to either a PhD or serious quantitative research jobs in academia, think tanks, and policy organizations.

Build a high-level research portfolio and strengthen your candidacy for top PhD programs or policy institutes:

  • Take PhD-level course work at the Harris School of Public Policy
  • Work closely with world-class faculty at the University of Chicago
  • Conduct research 

Program leadership and faculty members provide guidance in your pursuit of admission to a PhD program.

Applicants should exhibit strong quantitative backgrounds (including exposure to mathematical probability and statistics, multivariate calculus, and matrix algebra).

Consistent with the highly quantitative and analytic nature of the Harris School's MACRM degree, Harris has categorized the MACRM under a code which is currently on the DHS STEM list. Students on F-1 visas who have earned a degree that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a STEM degree may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT) so long as they meet all eligibility criteria at the time of application.

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