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For more than 25 years, we've been shifting the conception of public policy from an ideology, reliant on politics and pedigree, to a science rooted in data and impact.
That's a perfect foundation for a part-time evening master's degree program in public affairs and public policy that caters to business professionals, non-profit leaders, and those already working in public policy.
At Harris, we develop leaders who fearlessly ask the hard questions and follow the evidence to find the answers, leaders who are adept at using the best science of our day to figure out what’s best for society—and can get it done.
At Harris Public Policy, you can expect to be challenged and stimulated by a community of fearless individuals who are like-minded in their pursuits of rigorous inquiry and measurable impact, and unique in their diverse backgrounds and interests. Together with your Harris classmates, you’ll confront issues arising right here in Chicago and around the world—and design solutions that work, using the latest science and technology.
Whether your background is econ or English, at a food bank or the World Bank, you’ll benefit from our core curriculum that gives you a solid analytical foundation. We’ll teach you to face the world’s toughest problems, challenge the easy answers, and make smarter, data-driven decisions that lead your organization to the change it wants to see.
Harris faculty are at the forefront of policy and analytics. Using the best science of our day, they challenge the status quo, ask the difficult questions and fearlessly follow the data to confront society’s most complex challenges. Among the faculty you will learn from in the Evening Master's Program are John Burrows, an expert in negotiation and strategy, and Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy Jeff Grogger.
Harris' outstanding alumni are driven to tackle society's toughest problems with innovative, data-driven solutions.
Harris alumni work in the public and private sectors and for non-profit organizations, NGOs, and IGOs. They are program officers, campaign chiefs of staff, chief marketing officers, consultants, government officers, and directors at major organizations worldwide.
Ideology, intuition, and experience alone are not proven sources for policy solutions. Addressing today’s global, interconnected challenges—and reaping the opportunities—takes rigorous inquiry. That's why we are here.
For more than 25 years, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has been driven by the belief that evidence-based research, not ideology or intuition, is the best guide for public policy. Guided by this exacting perspective, our exceptional community of scholars, students, and more than 3,000 alumni take on the world’s most complex challenges using the latest tools of social science. As one of the largest graduate professional schools at the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy offers a full range of degree and executive education programs to empower a new generation of data-driven leaders to create a positive social impact throughout our global society.
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Coming from diverse sectors, ideologies, and backgrounds, Harris faculty investigate the world’s most complex challenges and determine how policy can solve them.
Working at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, Harris faculty collaborate with colleagues from across the University of Chicago and the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In an environment of innovation and risk taking, Harris' world-leading policy scholars guide students toward positive social impact.
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Harris alumni are working around the world as economists, analysts, CEOs, and diplomats. From rural villages to nations' capitals, they are taking on complex issues and making a difference.
Whatever the policy area you're interested in, Harris Public Policy offers a full scope of career development resources to help you refine your professional skills, search for career opportunities, and connect with employers.
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