Enhance your portfolio and strengthen your skill set with our virtual programs.

Designed for students and working professionals, our non-degree programs enable you to gain specific skills that can bridge gaps in your portfolio and accelerate your path to measurable social impact.

Our credential programs offer deeper engagement compared to other online courses or certificate programs. Ranging from 5-7 weeks in length, our programs include live office hours, interactive discussions with UChicago faculty and classmates, and most of our programs have an applied exercise/group project/research element.

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Explore our programs below to take the next step in expanding your skill set.


Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program

This seven-week summer program creates a unique learning experience for global students and young professionals, providing an opportunity to connect rigorous data analytics to cutting-edge policy research implementation.

Duration: 7 weeks

Session One: June 21 - August 6, 2021

Session Two: August 2 - September 17, 2021

Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program


PKU–UChicago International Policy Action Lab

Through the flexible model delivered by the PKU-UChicago International Policy Action Lab, in five weeks you’ll learn the evidence-based approach of conducting international policy research from top scholars at Peking University and the University of Chicago. 

Duration: 5 weeks

Dates: July 19 - August 20, 2021

PKU–UChicago International Policy Action Lab


International Health Policy Credential

Build a foundation in international health policy and develop your knowledge of the drivers of healthcare costs, the actors who set the global health agenda, the ways nations allocate resources and structure their markets for health care, and the structure, collection, use, and regulation of healthcare data for treatment, research, and policy.

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: October 4 – November 12, 2021

International Health Policy Credential


Writing Persuasive Public Policy

Work with expert writers and editors, and practice evidence-based persuasive writing to form policy arguments that have the power to change minds and incite action.

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: March 29 - May 8, 2021

Writing Persuasive Public Policy


The Battles Ahead: Domestic and Global Implications of the 2020 US Election

Through a series of panel discussions with top scholars and practitioners, explore the domestic and foreign policy implications of the 2020 US election cycle.

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: January 15 – February 19, 2021

The Battles Ahead: Domestic and Global Implications of the 2020 US Election

Note: Applications are currently closed for this program.


Data Analytics Credential

Develop and expand your data analytics skills in six weeks. For individuals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, this program provides a foundation in quantitative tools and the application of rigorous analytics in policy.

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: February 1 – March 12, 2021

Data Analytics Credential

Note: Applications are currently closed for this program.


Monetary Policy and International Finance

Learn the cutting-edge theory and application of monetary and international finance policy from top faculty at UChicago and Peking University, together with global industry leaders.

Duration: 7 weeks

Dates: February 22 - April 11, 2021

Monetary Policy and International Finance

Note: Applications are currently closed for this program.


Negotiation as a Leadership Skill

Using a blend of theory, cases, negotiation exercises, and facilitated discussion, develop your “interpersonal toolkit" exploring how to execute strategy through persuading other people to work with you towards your objectives and lead the change you aspire to create.

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: Fall 2021

Negotiation as a Leadership Skill

Note: Applications are currently closed for this program.


The Value of Credential Programs

Credential programs give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore the field of public policy and see if it is an area you would like to pursue
     
  • Strengthen your resume for a new job or graduate school application
     
  • Connect with a global cohort of peers and the UChicago community

Read more about the value of our credential programs.