We are currently accepting applications for our part-time Master of Arts in Public Policy (MA-PP), held at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart! As you complete your applications, please consult the following Frequently Asked Questions, or email our admissions team at [email protected] with any questions. 

1. What is the tuition for the program?

Tuition for the part-time, evening Master of Arts in Public Policy (MA-PP) will be $12,609 per quarter for the 2017-2018 academic year based on the typical 225 units per term. The total cost of all four quarters is expected to be around $50,436 plus any fees. A Night and Weekend Membership to 1871 is included as part of your tuition, as well as access to the libraries at the University of Chicago and the career services resources at the Harris School and UChicago Grad. 

2. What is the size of the cohort?

No more than 40 will exceed the cohort; we are looking forward to welcoming a diverse group of candidates from the private, public, and government sectors. 

3. How many cohorts will there be?

There will be one cohort launching in the Winter of 2018.  If you are interested in starting for the next cohort available after Winter 2018 please complete this form.

4. What are the course times?

The program will be held from 6-9 p.m. twice a week, with one Saturday seminar per quarter. The University of Chicago is on the quarter system, so the part-time MA-PP will be held from Winter of 2018 to the Winter of 2019. Classes will not be held in the summer of 2018.  

5. Is this degree available for online courses?

We do not offer online classes or degrees at the Harris School of Public Policy.

6. What is the difference between this evening program and the one year Master of Arts in Public Policy?

The core courses of the part-time MA-PP are designed around the full-time MA-PP. This degree is designed for  working professionals, whereas many full-time MA students are enrolled at other degree programs through the University of Chicago and are required to take classes offered during the day.

7. Why is the GRE not required?

We value the work experience of the candidates for this program, and want to reduce barriers for working professionals who want to pursue a degree at the University of Chicago. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews after they submit their application as part of the review process.

11. What can I be doing to prepare for the mathematical components of the course?

There are no prerequisites for this program, and we will be sharing resources to help admitted students prepare for courses before they begin.

13. Can I attend this program if I require a student visa?

Due to part-time enrollment, this program does not support a student visa. However, we have received numerous interest from students seeking to study on a visa. Please check back for future updates.

14. What is the course load like outside of the classroom?

We recommend that candidates give thought to their work-course balance. The courses are tailored to working professionals, but plan to attend 6 hours of weekly classes and meet, study and engage with students outside of the program.

15. I’ve taken statistical courses or have an economic background. Can I opt out of certain courses?

While we are happy to hear that you are bringing a strong academic background to the program, currently students do not have the option to waive out of coursework.