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Why policy? For a better world.
Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters.
Today’s world needs a new generation of leaders who are driven to find the best solutions to society’s problems.
Business and nonprofit leaders, consultants, lawyers, securities analysts, government contractors, professionals in heavily regulated industries (e.g., finance, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, or education), and even social entrepreneurs need to understand how to influence policy and measure the impact of their programs.
At Harris, we teach you how to turn your passion for doing good into proven social impact through one of our full- or part-time degree programs.
Here, you will develop the skills you need to ask the hard questions, follow the evidence to the answers, and make a real and lasting impact. Here, you’ll combine a rigorous education with immediate, hands-on experiences that come by being part of a preeminent, global university in a world-class city. Here, you’ll find support in a lifelong network of mentors and peers, as you turn your passion for doing good into an impactful career.
Harris offers several flexible part-time and full-time master’s programs with various certificate options, as well as numerous joint degree programs and a doctoral program.
Our flagship degree is the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. It emphasizes rigorous modeling and analysis, evaluating information to solve complex policy problems.
Many students ask what's the difference between an MPP and an MPA, or Master of Public Administration. MPP and MPA programs are complements to one another, although courses and specializations can overlap. MPA students typically excel in management and technical implementation of policy, whereas MPP students are trained to analyze and recommend sound institutional policies. Some students pursue an MPA part-time. Those thinking about that option should consider our Evening Master's Program, which allows you to earn an MA in Public Policy in just four quarters.
Harris Public Policy graduates lead successful careers across sectors, throughout the United States, and around the globe.
Students from AmeriCorps, Teach for America, consulting, healthcare, and other related fields come to Harris to learn a holistic and systematic approach to advocacy and policy formation. In doing so, they advance their careers.
Alumni work in both the public and private sectors as well as for non-profit organizations, NGOs, and IGOs. They are policy advisors, program officers, campaign chiefs of staff, financial analysts and consultants, economists and research specialists, government officers, foreign exchange traders, and directors at major organizations worldwide.
The Career Development Office provides resources to help students and alumni refine their professional skills and search for career opportunities, including individual career counseling, workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus recruiting events. Over 75 top employers participate in on-campus recruiting of Harris students.
Explore our policy areas and programs, learn about the Harris experience, hear from students, read alumni and student profiles, and discover how Harris can help you lead the change you'd like to see. See what our career office can do for you:
Why he chose public policy over business school.
The CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future talks about building her career.
An Alumni Fellowship winner, Taylor worked with Teach For America and founded a nonprofit before coming to Harris.
Learn why they chose to study public policy and how their experience at Harris is helping them in their careers.
Andi talks about his experience as an international student and his current work at Central Bank of Indonesia.