PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of Chicago

Harris School of Public Policy


The Harris School of Public Policy Studies is part of a world-class intellectual community and continues the University's tradition of scholarship intended to address real world problems. From its inception, the Harris School has sought to enhance the University's role in shaping and understanding public life by conducting policy relevant research and preparing talented individuals to become leaders and agents of social change.


Degrees Offered

M.P.P. Master of Public Policy;
A.M. Master of Arts;
M.S. Master of Science;
Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy;
joint degrees with the Divinity School, Graduate School of Business, Law School, and the School of Social Service Administration

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

The Harris School offers the opportunity for concentrated study in the following areas:

Child and family policy;
Education policy;
Environmental policy;
Health policy;
International policy;
Finance and public finance;
Organization, institutions, and management;
Poverty and inequality.

This list is by no means exclusive. Students are encouraged to tailor their studies according to their interests and career goals. Alternative areas of study include social program evaluation, urban political economy, and social choice.

Area Studies

The University of Chicago has regional study programs. Please see our website for more information.

Graduate Program Overview

For students at the Harris School, intellectual life centers around the following components: The core courses, in which students acquire the technical analytical skills for their professional growth; the concentration, which exposes students to the content and complexity of at least one policy domain; and ancillary skill training, in which students acquire the proficiencies necessary for professional positions in public policy and administration. These include such skills as budgeting, accounting, principles of management, and survey methods; leadership training, in which students participate in group projects, acquire experience by working in teams, attend workshops, learn professional writing and oral presentation skills, take part in special interest forums, and enroll in a policy discussion series.

Two fundamental characteristics underlie all of the aspects of the program: the integration of research and practical training; and a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving.

The Harris School's academic program combines rigorous training in quantitative analysis with social science research and applies this training to the study of enduring public policy issues.
The program emphasizes the practical application of training to real policy problems, and thus provides students with the fundamental skills needed to analyze policy effectively in all areas of the professional workforce.

Admissions Deadline

To Be Announced.

Admissions Overview

The committee on Admission and Aid evaluates all official transcripts of academic work, personal essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and community service, performance on standardized tests, and special factors brought to the committee's attention. Apply using the paper application or online at harrisschool.uchicago.edu. All application materials for admission and scholarship aid must be postmarked by January 3. The Committee will not review your application until all materials are received.

Contact Information

University of Chicago
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois

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