Part-Time: Tuition

What is the tuition for the program?

Please see the Office of the Bursar's schedule of tuition rates and fees for the most accurate information. (Note that students in the Evening Master's Program are not charged a student life fee.) Tuition is subject to an estimated 3% - 5% increase per year.

Access to the libraries at the University of Chicago and the career services resources at Harris Public Policy and UChicago Grad, and any of the other services and facilities in the Harris building on the Hyde Park campus are included as part of your tuition.

Part-Time: Cohort Size

How many students will be in my class? Is it considered a cohort?

Each class – or cohort – will consist of 30-50 students.

Part-Time: How many cohorts

How many cohorts will there be?

The next cohort will begin Fall 2020 and would be expected to graduate at the end of Fall 2021. (The University of Chicago is on the quarter system, and the program takes four quarters to complete. The Evening Master's Program will not offer summer classes.)

Future cohorts will begin Winter 2021 (January) Spring 2021 (March) and Fall 2021 (September).

You can request information for our upcoming cohorts now.

Part-Time: Class Times

When will classes be offered?

Classes will be held twice a week from 6:00 p.m – 8:50 p.m. during Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. (The University of Chicago is on a quarter system.) There will be one Saturday session per quarter.

Part-Time: Online

Is the degree or are any of the classes available online?

The Evening Master’s Program is envisioned as a fully in-person degree program. However, our delivery format for the fall of 2020 has been modified to comply with the University and State of Illinois guidance. You can find more information here. 

Part-Time: Course Load

What will the course load outside of the classroom be like?

As with any part-time degree program, we recommend that candidates give thought to their work-course balance. The courses in the Evening Master's Program are tailored to working professionals. You should plan to spend 10 hours outside of classes each week to meet, study, and engage as needed with students beyond your two classes.

Part-Time: EMP vs FT MA

What is the difference between the Evening Master's Program and the one year Master of Arts in Public Policy?

The requirements of the part-time Evening Master's Program (EMP) are based on the full-time Master of Arts in Public Policy, but the program has been designed to be accessible and flexible for working professionals.

In contrast, the courses in the full-time MA are offered strictly during the day, and many of the students are enrolled in other degree programs at UChicago.

Our Degree Comparison page offers more detailed information.

Part-Time: EMP vs. MPP

What is the difference between the Evening Master's Program and the full-time Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree?

The Evening Master's Program (EMP) is designed for working professionals to complement existing work experience. Our curriculum emphasizes core public policy and policy analysis skills, as EMP students often seek to understand the impact of policy on their organization or to grow as policymakers themselves.

EMP students typically include emerging leaders in business, law, consulting, nonprofit, and  government who want to either gain a broader perspective as they take on more leadership responsibility or want a fundamental understanding of how to use advocacy and data analytics to demonstrate the impact of their programs and influence policy or legislation.

In contrast, our Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree provides a deeper-dive over the course of two years, with a greater emphasis on rigorous modeling and analysis.

Our Degree Comparison page offers more detailed information.

Part-Time: GRE

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 Harris Public Policy.

While the GRE is not required, an interview is. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews after they submit their application as part of the review process.

Part-Time: Math

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the mathematical components of the program?

There are no prerequisites for this program. Once you've accepted your admission, you will receive additional information about preparing for the quantitative and analytical elements of the program. We offer customized online math preparation to incoming EMP students.

Part-Time: Orientation

Will there be an orientation program for the Evening Master's Program?

Yes. Day One, our new student orientation program, will include an all-day orientation session and welcome reception as well as introductory sessions to prepare you for the quantitative and analytical elements of the program. Details are available in the Admitted Students section under Orientation.

There will also be an Admitted Students' Reception so that you can learn more about the program and get answers to any last minute questions. Details and timing will be shared via email.

Part-Time: Visas

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

As a part-time program, this program does not qualify for student visas. The University is only able to sponsor full-time students in F-1 or J-1 status (when eligible).

Part-Time: Opting-Out of Courses

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.