Deepen your knowledge of the Middle East to set yourself apart in the foreign policy arena.

Harris Public Policy and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago offer students an opportunity to earn both an MPP and combine it with an Master’s degree program featuring a core language and area studies curriculum. Upon completion, students graduate with both a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harris and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.

This joint degree program addresses the needs of students wishing to acquire a background focused on modern Middle Eastern languages, history, and civilization while developing their abilities in policy analysis in preparation for professional careers in scholarly, educational, governmental, non-governmental, and business environments in the United States and abroad. 

Program Details


This program requires 14 courses to complete the requirements in Middle Eastern Studies and 13 courses to complete the public policy degree requirements, for a total of 27 courses (2700 units of credit) for both degrees. 

At Harris Public Policy:

  • Students in this program take the seven required Harris core courses (below) plus six electives for a total of 13 courses (1300 units of credit), instead of the usual 18, with Harris. Ten of the 13 courses must be public policy (PPHA) courses.  The Harris core provides a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting Harris's belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy leaders:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations

    • PPHA 31000 or PPHA 31200 Statistics for Data Analysis I

    • PPHA 31100 or PPHA 31300 Statistics for Data Analysis II:  Regressions

    • PPHA 31600 Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process

    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations

    • PPHA 32300, 32310, or 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I

    • PPHA 32400, 32410, or 44200; Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II

With the Center for Middle Eastern Studies:

Other Requirements

Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Harris and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. A student who is already enrolled in one of the programs may apply during their first year for admission to the other school.

Other requirements include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 for all courses, based on a 4.0 scale, for all courses used toward the MPP degree

  • A grade of C- or better for the 7 core courses

  • Completion of the math requirement (support available)

    • Pass algebra exam

    • Pass calculus exam

  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses

  • No more than 2 courses taken Pass/Fail

  • Courses with grades of F, I, W, or with no reported grade do not apply toward course requirement for the program.

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