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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 measurable social impact. There are numerous ways to learn more and connect with us:
We'll help you find the degree program or non-degree program that's right for you, provide ample opportunities to finance your degree, and once you are here, provide the mentorship you need to make the impact you want. Learn from public policy innovators. Join a network of accomplished alumni. Apply to Harris Public Policy and make a difference from day one.
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.
Advance your career and make an impact on policy with the MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
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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Explore and compare the differences between our full-time and part-time master's programs—including the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Evening Master's Program—and our PhD program to find the path and degree that best fits your needs.
Our wide range of part-time credential programs allow you to develop applied critical skills in a focused course of study that lasts five to seven weeks.
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, the Harris School of 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.
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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.
Learn more about applying as an international student.