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Fearless thinkers like you—from all sectors, ideologies, and backgrounds—come to Harris Public Policy to ask the hard questions on issues they care about. Whatever your passion, we’ll help you make a measurable impact.
Harris offers six full-time master’s programs, including our flagship program, the Master of Public Policy (MPP).
The Evening Master’s Program @ 1871 is our part-time program designed for mid-career professionals. Students can earn an MA in Public Policy in just four quarters.
Harris offers nine joint degree programs for students who want to make an impact on public policy issues in specific areas such as business, law, or social services.
The PhD program at Harris emphasizes a rigorous foundation in microeconomics, econometrics, and political economy. The program prepares students for careers in academia, industry, and government.
We also offer executive education programs, a Summer Scholar program, and the opportunity to get a taste of Harris through the Graduate Student-at-Large Program.
González-Guerra, a Guadalajara native, plans to return to Mexico and influence policy with the skills she is learning at Harris.
This unique preparatory program helps incoming Harris students brush-up on their math skills and develop lasting friendships with their classmates.
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U.S. Department of Energy Federal Project Director, Dan Misch, supplements his work with skills he’s developing in the Evening Master's Program.
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At Harris Public Policy, the most important of our requirements is a desire to make a difference. We're here to help you learn everything else.
Yes, data-driven research requires quantitative skills. It also requires an ability to connect with ideas and people. We're here from day one to help you design your path and acquire the knowledge you need to succeed, whether your major was English or econ, whether you worked at a food bank or the World Bank.
Across the public and private sectors, a new generation of data-minded leaders is needed to bring fresh thinking and different approaches to the world's most pressing policy challenges. Our flagship degree, the Master of Public Policy (MPP), is a two-year program designed to equip people like you with the analytical skills needed to drive real and lasting policy change.
See what the Harris MPP can do to advance your career and help you make an impact in the policy arena today.
Working in an industry such as energy, health care, or finance? Are you trying to lead a non-profit organization through the current political and social climate? Need to better demonstrate the impact of your organization's programs?
Learn more about the Harris Public Policy Evening Master's Program. Housed downtown, it's designed for mid-career professionals who are looking to make a measurable impact on the social and public policy issues they and their organizations face. The program culminates in a Master of Arts in public policy and can be completed in four quarters. Classes will be held on nights and weekends and take place at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.
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The doctoral program at Harris prepares students interested in research-oriented careers involving the substantive and institutional aspects of public policy. Our doctoral students have close ties with the greater research community at the University of Chicago, and many of our candidates are engaged in the classroom and in workshops at the Department of Economics and Chicago Booth School of Business.
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In the crowded space of leadership training initiatives, there simply is nothing like Civic Leadership Academy. Founded in 2014 at the University of Chicago, CLA is a six-month leadership development program for emerging and high-potential civic leaders that is specifically designed to strengthen connections between Chicago nonprofit and government leaders. CLA counts more than 100 fellows as program alumni among its growing network. To apply, you must be a full-time employee of a non-profit organization, the City of Chicago, or Cook County.
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