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

The Master of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) offers one-on-one faculty mentoring and hands-on research experience, designed for those aiming for serious research or PhD program admission. Engage in PhD-level courses at the Harris School of Public Policy, collaborate with the University of Chicago's world-class faculty on impactful research, and benefit from expert guidance to fulfill your academic ambitions, all within a framework that emphasizes advanced quantitative 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.

MACRM is ideal for applicants with solid quantitative skills in 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).

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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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