Certificate in Policy Analysis

The scientific evaluation of policy has long been a strength of the Harris School faculty. This Policy Analysis certificate is designed to make students facile with modern methods of evaluating public policies, and enable them to determine whether these policies meet cost-benefit criteria.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Understand and analyze evaluations from experts
  • Conduct evaluation methods using standard, appropriate methodologies
  • Communicate findings of evaluations to lay audiences

Application Process

The certificate is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please indicate your intent to pursue this certificate using the Harris Certificate Application Form. If you are a non-Harris student and intend to complete the requirements for the Policy Analysis certificate please submit the Harris Certificate Application for Non-Harris Students to indicate you are pursuing this certificate.

For certificate registration questions, please reach out to harrisregistration@uchicago.edu.

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires completion of three required courses. Students must take either Program Evaluation or Cost Benefit Analysis before enrolling in the Policy Lab. Students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course with the exception of the last term prior to graduation. No certificate courses may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. Students should complete the formal signup process to indicate their intention to pursue the certificate.

Required courses

Certificate Contact

Dan Black, Certificate Director