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As you’re working through your application or beginning your graduate search process you may be wondering which program is the best fit for you. We’ve shared some frequently asked questions with two of our Directors, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer.
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Jens Ludwig’s Last Lecture was titled “Non Specialis.” The theme?

You are not special.

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What is The Pearson Institute?

Established in 2015, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts promotes discussion, understanding, and resolution of global conflicts through research, education and engagement with the global policy community. As part of the education component of its mission, The Pearson Institute annually awards Fellowships to a select group of distinguished MPP students.

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We are reposting this blog just in time for you to request letters of recommendation before the Early Action deadline on October 1. Thanks to our Director of Student Recruitment, Devon Reber Drehmer, for this post! 

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The Idealist Grad School Fair is a free and open event to anyone interested in learning about grad schools with a focus on social impact. Please stop by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy table to learn about our programs, requirements, deadlines, and application tips.

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Our application is now live! Applicants frequently request more information on the application rounds and the benefits of one deadline over the other. If you are interested in our full-time degree programs, we recommend applying by the Early Action deadline. If you aren't able to apply in early action that's ok!

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Summer is melting away and in just a few short weeks the fall 2019 Harris School of Public Policy class will be bustling through the halls of the Keller Center.

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Harris is home to students from around the globe, and it’s common for our international students to have unique questions. All interested students can find a round-up of the questions we most commonly receive from interested international students.
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“[The Evening Master’s Program] has reignited my passion to drive change in this world.”
Heather George, Director of Wealth Strategies, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

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Thanks to our Directors of Recruitment, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer, for this post!

We frequently receive this question from eager students searching for opportunities to strengthen their application, as well as those who are concerned about specific aspects of their application. Read more to hear our thoughts on these questions! 

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Sunday, June 30 marked the 50th Pride Parade in Chicago, during which celebrations took place throughout the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot served as honorary grand marshal for the annual parade, walking the route with her wife Amy Eshleman.

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When you come to Harris, you will be joining a supportive community of faculty, staff and students. We are thrilled to announce that our own Milvia Rodriguez is the recipient of the Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students.

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Each year incoming students participate in the Common Read, reading a shared text before arriving at Harris. The main goal is simple – to have all incoming students collectively share in a single learning experience while gaining an appreciation for diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and individual stories that not only impacts how you work together as classmates, but how you view the world as future policymakers.

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We sat down with our colleagues in Academic & Student Affairs to answer your questions on the algebra and calculus self-assessments.

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We hope you are getting excited to meet your future classmates here at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. This week you’ll be hearing from your Orientation Leaders—rising second years at Harris who will be in touch with you over the summer.

We’d also like to share a little about your incoming class. While we’ll share more detailed information once classes begin, below are a few pieces of information we think you’ll find interesting:

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As you’re planning to attend Harris this fall, you may already be thinking about your career outcomes after graduation. We’re happy to share the following benefits, experiences, and outcomes for the Master of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) program.

Benefits of MACRM

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On June 5, University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts hosted a live episode of “Thank You for Your Service” (TYFYS), an exploration of American civil-military relations. The podcast featured David Axelrod, UChicago Institute of Politics director and former campaign strategist and advisor to President Barack Obama.

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The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy excels in giving students an invaluable analytical toolkit for determining optimal public policy solutions.  The core classes at Harris are a critical component of that effort as they help students develop the analytical skills they need  to become better researchers and thinkers. However, data inquiry and evidence-based analysis must be paired with persuasive communication.  Communicating effectively is a major key to becoming an influential policy maker and advocate.

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We are pleased to announce that our summer visit schedule is now live! Join us on Mondays and Thursdays from June 6 - September 26 to experience our beautiful and historic campus. 

Your day will include coffee with a current Harris student, a tour of the Keller Center, and a meeting with admissions. More information on scheduling your visit, accommodations, and university tours can be found here

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M-o-v-i-n-g. Perhaps the most dreaded six letters in the English language, this torturous activity can be expensive, exhausting, and… enjoyable? That’s right!

Whether you’re loading your car with all of your possessions and driving down the road, flying in from halfway across the world and starting new, or somewhere in between, here are five tips to make your move to Chicago an enjoyable experience:

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