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Where others see problems, do you see possibilities? While they act on impulse, do you demand evidence? When answers look easy, do you look harder? At Harris Public Policy, we teach you how to turn your passion into proven social impact.
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The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a new program from the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy for rising leaders from around the world who are focused on an issue of global importance, who have a track record and commitment to advancing the public good, and who want to accelerate their impact.
There are two components of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program: students will earn a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MA-IDP) at Harris Public Policy, and have the opportunity to receive a one-of-a-kind scholarship that includes full tuition and expenses, a stipend for living expenses, and access to exceptional programming outside the classroom. Scholars will work with members of the Obama Foundation to gain real-world skills, tools, and experiences that will expand the impact of their work.
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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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Learn more about our master's degree, joint degree, and doctoral programs to find the path and degree that best fits your needs.
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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.
Harris alumni are working around the world as economists, analysts, CEOs, and diplomats. From rural villages to nations' capitals, they are taking on complex issues and making a difference.
Whatever the policy area you're interested in, Harris Public Policy offers a full scope of career development resources to help you refine your professional skills, search for career opportunities, and connect with employers.
When you join Harris Public Policy, you join a network of students, faculty, alumni, and staff that’s passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world. Harris students hail from 36 countries over 5 continents. As an international student, you will feel right at home as you contribute your perspective to the varying viewpoints that make up the Harris community.
The University of Chicago Office of International Affairs is dedicated to supporting a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. Detailed information about required visas, transitioning to life at Harris Public Policy and in Chicago, and more is available in Admissions under International Students.