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Fearless thinkers like you—from all sectors, ideologies, and backgrounds—come to Harris to investigate the world’s most complex challenges and determine how policy can address them.

At the University of Chicago, one of the world's great intellectual destinations, you’ll learn to face the toughest problems, challenge the easy answers, and make smarter, data-driven decisions that lead to the change you want to see.

You don’t have to wait for graduation to start making a difference. Combining real-world engagement and rigorous modeling and analysis, empowered by faculty who are innovators in their fields, you’ll confront issues arising in Chicago and around the world, right from day one.


This is a place for serious people with the courage to find and face the facts, take risks, and question the easy answers.
— Kerwin Charles, Interim Dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Harris gave me confidence in my skills, a quantitative foundation, and the ability to look at my role through a Chicago lens, which is really a disruptive lens. There are so many common themes between the Chicago philosophy and what is expected in Silicon Valley. When I got into leadership roles, that’s when my Harris education really proved to be a huge competitive advantage.
— Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM'87, President of the global tech company New Relic
If you’re implementing a policy and it’s not helping—or, more dramatically, if it’s making it worse for the people you’re trying to help—then you have to change your policy. That’s pretty obvious, but to do a good policy analysis you have to collect the right data and you need to ask the relevant questions. Harris helped me to know how to do that.
— Jaime Bellolio, MPP'10, Congressman, Chile