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Positive change on a global scale begins with just one person: you. You're committed to making a difference—and you already have.
Join our community of international leaders and work together to tackle the world's most pressing problems.
As a student in the Master of Arts in International Development and Policy program, you'll take part in a one-of-a-kind program that combines a Master of Arts degree at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with the possibility to receive merit-based funding or external supplemental funding that includes access to exceptional experiences outside the classroom with the Obama Foundation. You’ll be part of a network of rising leaders. It's an experience that is sure to change you—and will help you change the world.
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For more than a quarter century, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has been a top-ranked policy school driven by its mission to develop leaders who put evidence first. At Harris Public Policy, we work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest social science methods to design policies that work for society. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to make a positive social impact around the world.
Our students and faculty work together in more than a dozen Harris centers and institutes that advance research, spark new ideas for the policy community, and offer a forum for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Through fellowship and research assistantship opportunities, our centers and institutes give you the opportunity to work alongside some of the world's foremost policy researchers and experts, gaining valuable experience in your chosen policy area.
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When you come to Harris Public Policy, you join a community of fearless thinkers who are engaged inside and outside the classroom, enjoy this vibrant campus of more than 8,000 graduate students, and immerse themselves in the dynamic cultural life of the city of Chicago.
At Harris, we offer an unparalleled educational experience.
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When you join Harris Public Policy, you join a network of students, faculty, alumni, and staff that’s passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world. Harris students hail from 36 countries over 5 continents. As an international student, you will feel right at home as you contribute your perspective to the varying viewpoints that make up the Harris community.
The University of Chicago Office of International Affairs is dedicated to supporting a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. Detailed information about required visas, transitioning to life at Harris Public Policy and in Chicago, and more is available in Admissions under International Students.
From North Side blues bars to Gold Coast shopping to the eclectic restaurants, arts scene, and sandy beaches right here in Hyde Park, the City of Chicago offers a world of opportunity and exploration in its 77 distinct neighborhoods—including the University's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
Harris Public Policy is one of seven professional schools and five divisions with graduate programs at the University of Chicago. Founded in 1890, the University has nearly 6,000 undergraduate students; 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students; about 2,300 faculty members; and more than 160,000 alumni worldwide.
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The inaugural class of MAIDP students and Obama Foundation Scholars at the University of Chicago features emerging young leaders from around the world. They are global scholars with a proven commitment to making a difference in their communities.
Meet the MAIDP students and Obama Foundation Scholars and see how they are training to accelerate their impact in the world.