Harris Public Policy and the Law School at the University of Chicago offer students an opportunity to earn both a MPP and a JD degree at the intersection of law, regulation, and markets

Earn your MPP and JD in four years with this joint degree program. This program is ideal for students who want to understand the regulatory and legal issues related to public policy in a comprehensive course of study. Upon completion, graduate are awarded both a Master of Public Policy from Harris and a Doctor of Law from the Law School and can move into positions in law, policy, or regulatory affairs.

Program Details


At Harris Public Policy:

  • Students in this program take the seven required core courses at Harris, plus seven electives for a total of 14 courses (1400 units of credit). Ten of the 14 courses must be public policy (PPHA) courses. All 14 are taken during the four quarters of registration at the Harris. The Harris core courses, listed below, provide 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 31002 or PPHA 31200 Statistics for Data Analysis I

    • PPHA 31102 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

At the Law School:

  • For the JD degree, students must successful completion of 105 credit hours, plus residency/registration requirements. Students may apply one academic quarter of up to four 100 unit courses taken within Harris toward the hours required to obtain their law degree. This enables students to earn both degrees in four years. Both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter.
Other Requirements

Students who wish to participate in this program must complete the separate admissions processes to both the Harris and the Law School. Students already admitted to the Harris may apply during their first year to the Law School; those admitted to the Law School may apply during their first or second year to Harris.

  • 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 1 course 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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For Nancy Staudt, a Harris PhD was the key to deeper understanding of the law - and a great career move.