Lead your organization through today's complex policy challenges.

"It’s hard to imagine a domain of public life that isn’t affected by public policy."

William Howell, Harris Public Policy Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics


Business leaders, consultants, lawyers, and securities analysts. Those working for government contractors or in heavily regulated industries like finance, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, or education. Social entrepreneurs leveraging technology to improve outcomes in education, healthcare and other areas of the social sphere. Nonprofit leaders looking to understand how to influence policy or measure the impact of their programs.

These are just a few roles where an understanding of public policy is beneficial—and that's true now more than ever.

If you're a mid-career professional (typically 5–15 years of experience) and want to hone your data analysis and analytical skills and gain a perspective on public policy as you take on more leadership responsibility, there's no better choice than the Harris Public Policy Evening Master's Program at 1871.

Structure and Approach

The Evening Master’s Program takes just four quarters to complete. Courses are offered in the evenings, and there will be one weekend day session per quarter. You can request information or apply now for our next session that will begin in Spring 2020.

Students earn an MA in public policy. The curriculum provides a foundation in the fundamentals of data analytics, economic analysis, leadership, and the strategic foundations of public policy.

Classes leverage Harris' policy expertise and focus on the full spectrum of policy areas for which Harris is known. All classes are taught by Harris faculty—including Anthony Fowler and Jeff Grogger—and leverage the exacting research and evidence-based approaches that help produce positive social impact.

All classes take place at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.

EMP at a Glance


Anthony Fowler

Associate Professor

Anthony Fowler

Anthony Fowler is Associate Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His research applies econometric methods for causal inference to questions in political science, with particular emphasis on elections and political representation.