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Hear from University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy alumni and Senior Associate Dean Ranjan Daniels on how your Harris degree can help increase your impact.
Watch the webinar: A Conversation with Ranjan Daniels
Learn about the next steps for international students, including information about funding, applying for your visa, moving to Chicago, and Language Camp.
Watch the webinar: Admitted International Students Webinar
What sets Harris apart? We lead with a focus on inquiry and a commitment to impact. We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. UChicago research has led to revolutionary theories of economics and tools to effect social change. In all we do, we are driven to dig deeper, push further, and ask bigger questions—and to leverage our knowledge to enrich all human life.
At Harris, you’re more than a student. You’re a candidate for your next role in policy leadership and changemaking. Studying at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy offers versatile career opportunities. But we know that finding the best fit can be a challenge. Whether it’s your first job or your next move, whether you’re looking to advance in your current organization or pivot to a new field, the Harris Career Development Office (CDO) is here for you.
Harris students are passionate, driven, and committed to positive change. Rigorous coursework in microeconomics, statistics, and analytical politics equips students with the quantitative and analytical skills to evaluate and recommend sound policies in a variety of contexts. In 2019 Harris graduates were employed by 200+ organizations worldwide.
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Join MSCAPP Program Director, Kathryn Mattie, and Assistant Program Director of MSCAPP Alyssa Szynal for a webinar on the MSCAPP program at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Watch the webinar: MSCAPP Webinar
Hear form current students and learn more about our MACRM and PhD programs and application process.
Watch the webinar: PhD and MACRM Webinar
Learn more about MAIDP from current students and hear about their experiences so far!
Watch the webinar: MAIDP Webinar
Hear more about the EMP with Associate Director Marnie Van der Voort.
Watch the webinar: EMP Webinar
Andrew Blevins, MPP’12, is working on increasing financial security for all Americans. Now at the Pew Charitable Trust, Blevins notes Harris’ focus on both qualitative and quantitative skills prepared him for his current career. “Having the rich quantitative background is something I draw on every day in my job. Because of my time at Harris, I’ve been able to have a real impact on policy at the federal level, where hundreds of thousands of people are affected.”
Christine Soyong Harley, AM’08, says Harris taught her to expand her thoughts around potential public policy solutions. Whether serving in the Obama administration on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders or in her current role as President and Chief Executive Officer at Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Harley says, “It’s not just about being politically strategic; my objective is to ask how are we benefiting the people who are most vulnerable to the concern that we’re trying to address?”
Faraz Ahmed, MSCAPP’18, credits Harris with helping him to think about problem solving differently. Now a Data Scientist at NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, Ahmed says Harris taught him to approach problems critically—he no longer rushes towards a solution, but spends time thinking about what type of problem he’s solving and applies strategies from there. “The value of the Harris toolkit is immense. It’s one of the few schools that offers a good mix of quantitative skills with a public policy education.”
Tyler Barron, MPP’18, landed at Harris because he was looking for a program that would round him out professionally. Now an Energy & Environmental Policy Advocate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Barron works on understanding how to help consumers use energy more efficiently and greenly. At Harris, Barron learned how to talk to people in different ways depending on their political/economic/social/cultural alignments, and he says he uses this skill every day when working with legislators, city council members, and mayors on how to move their districts/cities/state into a greener future.
Paul Berry, MPP’15, is currently a governor’s appointee in Virginia, where he works on small business and private sector development with the Latino community in the region. Berry credits Harris with teaching him how to think critically with policy impact in mind. “We need policy now more than ever because we live in a complex world that has complex problems. We need people who are going to step up and be part of the solution…and want to serve the public.”
Mariana Botero, MPP/MBA ’19, is the co-founder of Shakti, which emerged from her participation in the Booth Social New Venture Challenge. Botero always wanted to be a social entrepreneur, and at Harris she was able to meet someone just as passionate as she is about her cause, find a venue through which to pitch their idea, and access the means to find supporters who could help build out the model. In addition to honing her ability to analyze data, Botero’s time at Harris also built out her empathy, which is especially useful for her role at Shakti, where she works with women with low levels of literacy.
Sarah Boyle, MPP’18, is the Project Strategy Manager at the Chicago Police Department. When describing her time at Harris, she says, “I loved everything: the talks that we did, the professors, my classes, my working group.” She attributes one of the courses from the Core, Analytical Politics, as being especially valuable to her in her current role.
Brian Chingono, MPP’16, is the Director of Quantitative Research at Verdad Advisers, an investment firm. While at the University of Chicago, he developed a study for the firm, a quantitative investment strategy that can replicate private equity in public markets. Chingono cites his exposure to quantitative tools at Harris as a critical component in his development of this innovative model.
Alden Golab, MSCAPP’17, always wanted to do something that had a positive impact on the world, and he attributes his education at the University of Chicago to becoming a data engineer. Now, Golab works for the New York Times as a data engineer building software tools and products. He says that working at the Times is one of his proudest accomplishments, and that data is incredibly important to the publication. Golab believes the curriculum at the Harris school is unique in that students are trained in a rigorous way that can’t be found anywhere else, and he wouldn’t trade that rigor for anything.
Antra Hakhu, AM’17, wanted to use her skills in data analysis and program evaluation to work towards the social and economic empowerment of women and girls. Now, as a Statistics Specialist in the Policy Division of UN Women, she constantly sees the impact of what she studied at Harris. Hakhu recently worked on a study of the tabulation of household characteristics of family living arrangements and says that if not for Harris and all of the classes she took on econometrics and coding, she wouldn’t have had the skills to be a valuable resource in helping to produce the latest edition of “Progress of the World’s Women, 2019-2020.”
Leila Pree, MPP’16, has always been interested in lifting up the voices of vulnerable communities. At Harris, Pree appreciated the ability to be an interdisciplinary learner, taking classes at the School for Social Administration, the Business School, and the Law School. Pree says that her interdisciplinary experience made her much more informed than if she had taken strictly policy classes. She is now the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Planning at NYC Administration for Children's Services.
Gita Rao, MPP’04, still appreciates the foundation she received at Harris and draws on it in her role as Chief Credit Officer at Primary Care Development Corporation. Rao feels an interconnectedness with her classmates from Harris and believes they are all working toward a public social good. Her career choices have been driven by knowing that what she does matters. Rao’s time at Harris equipped her with technical skills, but also provided a foundation for thinking about government solutions and social services through an analytical lens.
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