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The Curriculum

Course Overview

The Core

The core curriculum draws on a variety of disciplines and fields, including economics, sociology, political science, statistics, econometrics, political economy, organizational theory, and program evaluation. These areas provide a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting the School’s belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy practitioners.

Electives

Electives allow students to explore special academic interests and fields, as well as to participate in internships and independent research complementing required coursework. Students may choose to focus on an area of public policy, register for courses in departments and schools across the University, and take advantage of opportunities for applying academic training to real-world problems. Electives offer students an opportunity to acquire training both in the theoretical and applied analysis of public policy issues, and to develop the skills necessary for a professional position in policy analysis.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy is a two-year program for students interested in gaining a thorough training in analytical skills.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of 18 graduate-level courses (1800 units of credit) to earn the degree, not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the MPP degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 2 courses taken pass/fail

Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP)

The Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy is a two-year program offered with the Computer Science Department for students interested in the design, implementation, and rigorous analysis of data-driven policies.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of eighteen graduate-level courses (1800 units of credit), not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of the following required courses with a C- or better:
    • CAPP 30121 Computer Science with Applications I
    • CAPP 30122 Computer Science with Applications II
    • CAPP 30235 Databases for Public Policy
    • CAPP 30271 Mathematics for Computer Science and Data Analysis
    • CAPP 30524 Machine Learning for Public Policy
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • PPHA 34600 Program Evaluation
    • 1 Policy Elective (PPHA prefix)
    • 1 Computer Science elective
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above for all courses used toward the degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the Math Requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 2 courses taken pass/fail.

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MSESP)

The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy is a two-year program offered with the Argonne National Laboratory for students interested in assessing the scientific repercussions of policy on the environment.

Degree Requirements

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  • Completion of eighteen graduate-level courses (1800 units of credit), not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of the following required courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • PPHA 33910 Environmental Analysis Methods I
    • PPHA 33911 Environmental Analysis Methods II
    • PPHA 38900 Environmental Science and Policy
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • Completion of three science courses (physical or biological sciences or other relevant coursework)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 2 courses taken pass/fail

Master of Arts in Public Policy (MA)

A one-year program for students with significant work experience or who already possess another graduate degree.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of nine graduate-level courses (900 units of credit), not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of any six of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
  • Completion of a minimum of 7 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail

Master of Arts Evening Program

The Evening Master of Arts in Public Policy program is a four quarter program that is intended for working mid-career professionals. Courses are offered during the autumn, winter, and spring 11-week quarters primarily in the evenings but with 1 weekend session per quarter.  This allows students the opportunity to maintain a full-time work schedule and earn their degree over approximately 1 year and 3 months.

The course curriculum consists of eight 100-unit courses and four 25-unit short courses on current topics in public policy. Students will gain a foundation in data analytics, economic analysis, leadership, and the strategic foundations of public policy.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of nine graduate-level courses (900 units of credit), not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of the following  courses with a C- or better:
    • Data Analytics I: Quantitative Analysis
    • Data Analytics I: Introduction to Program Evaluation
    • Economic Analysis I: Microeconomics
    • Economic Analysis II: Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Economic Analysis II: Public Finance and Budgeting
    • Analytical Politics I: Foundations
    • Analytical Politics II: Politics and Policy Making
    • Current Topics in Public Policy I-IV
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the degree, based on a 4.0 scale

Master of Arts with a Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM)

The Master of Arts with certificate in Research Methods is 15-month program designed to prepare students for top-tier Ph.D. programs in economics and political science as well as other social sciences, policy, and business.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of 12 graduate-level courses (1200 units of credit) to earn the degree, not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • Completion of the following core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 41101 Political Economy I: Introduction to Applied Game Theory
    • PPHA 41102 Political Economy II: Intermediate Applied Theory
    • PPHA 41103 Testing the Theories of Political Institutions
    • PPHA 42000 Applied Econometrics I
    • PPHA 42100 Applied Econometrics II
    • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics for Public Policy I
    • PPHA 44200 Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis II
    • PPHA 52500 MACRM Apprenticeship (2 quarters, 200 units of credit total.
      Register for first course in spring of first year and second in autumn of second year.  
  • Completion of a minimum of 7 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • Completion of the Mathematical Methods for PhD and MACRM program prior to orientation
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail

Dual Degree Programs

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies - MPP/AM

Chicago Harris and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago offer students an opportunity to earn both a M.P.P. and an A.M. degree.  Upon completion, students graduate with both a Master of Public Policy from Chicago Harris and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. This joint degree program addresses the needs of students wishing to acquire a solid background in modern Middle Eastern languages, history, and civilization while developing their abilities in policy analysis in preparation for professional careers in scholarly, educational, governmental, non- governmental, and business environments in the United States and abroad.

Students in this program take 13 courses, instead of the usual18, with Chicago Harris. Students also take 14 courses with Middle Eastern Studies.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 27 graduate-level courses (2700 units of credit) to earn both degrees
  • For the AM in Middle Eastern Studies degree, successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses (1400 units of credit) not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade.
  • For the MPP degree, successful completion of 13 graduate-level courses (1300 units of credit) not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade.
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the M.P.P. degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research courses/independent study/internship
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail

Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Chicago Harris and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  A student who is already enrolled in one of the programs may apply during their first year for admission to the other school.

The Divinity School - MPP/M.Div

Chicago Harris and the Divinity School offer a combined degree program that enables students to graduate with both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Divinity.

Students in this program take the seven required core courses, plus seven electives for a total of 14 courses, instead of the usual 18, and 22 in the divinity program, instead of the usual 27.  Ten of the 14 classes must be Harris classes. Students are also obligated to complete the “teaching parish” component required for master of divinity students. Students must also complete the Harris math requirement.  The program allows students to complete both degrees within a total of four academic years; both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter.

The program provides an opportunity for students to combine their interest in examining pertinent issues related to the church as a public institution with their interest in public and urban ministry. Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Chicago Harris and the Divinity School. Students already admitted to one of the Schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 36 graduate-level courses (3600 units of credit) to earn both degrees, not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • For the MDiv degree, successful completion of 22 graduate-level courses (instead of the usual 27)
  • For the MPP degree, successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses (instead of the usual 18)
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the MPP degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement:
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 1 courses taken pass/fail

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business - MPP/MBA

Chicago Harris and Chicago Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago offer a combined degree program leading to the MPP and MBA degrees. Upon completion, students graduate with both a Master of Public Policy from Chicago Harris and a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business. The joint degree program allows students who are interested in policy issues and business administration to have an integrated and comprehensive course of study. Students already admitted to one of the schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other.

Students in this program take 13 courses, instead of the usual 18, with Chicago Harris. Students also take 14 courses (instead of the usual 20) with the Booth, thus earning both degrees in a total of three years.  Both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 27 graduate-level courses (2700 units of credit) to earn both degrees, not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • For the M.B.A. degree, successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses (1400 credits)
  • For the M.P.P. degree, successful completion of 13 graduate-level courses (1300 credits)
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • Any one of the following courses:
      • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
      • BUS 33032 Managing in the Workplace
      • BUS 36106 Managerial Decision Modeling
      • BUS 38001 Managing in Organizations
      • BUS 38002 Managerial Decision Making
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the MPP degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 1 courses taken pass/fail

The Law School - MPP/JD

Chicago Harris and the Law School at the University of Chicago offer students an opportunity to obtain both a M.P.P. and a J.D. degree. Upon completion, students graduate with both a Master of Public Policy from Chicago Harris and a Doctor of Law from the Law School.

The dual degree program allows students who are interested in the application of the law to public policy issues to have a comprehensive course of study. Students in this program take the seven required Harris School core courses, plus seven electives for a total of 14 courses.  10 of these must be Harris School courses. Students must also pass the Harris math requirement.  All 14 courses are taken during the four quarters of registration at Chicago Harris. Students may apply one academic quarter of up to four 100 unit courses taken within Chicago Harris, toward the hours required to obtain their law degree. This enables students to earn both degrees in four years. Both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter.

Students who wish to participate in this program must complete the separate admission processes to both Chicago Harris and the Law School. Students already admitted to Chicago Harris may apply during their first year to the Law School; those admitted to the Law School may apply during their first or second year to Chicago Harris.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • For the MPP degree, successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses (1400 units of credit) not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade.
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
      • SSAD 467 Organizational Theory and Analysis for Human Services
    • PPHA 32300, 32310 or 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
    • PPHA 32400, 32410 or 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the M.P.P. degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of math requirement
  • No more than 2 reading/research courses/independent study/internship
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail

The School of Social Service Administration - MPP/AM with SSA

Chicago Harris and the School of Social Service Administration offer a combined degree program leading to the MPP and AM degrees. Upon completion, students graduate with both a Master of Public Policy from Chicago Harris and a Master of Arts from the School of Social Service Administration.

The joint degree program is intended for students who are interested in social welfare policy, and social policy more broadly, and students who want to be social workers involved in the public policy issues that influence their profession. Students in this program take the seven required Harris School core courses, plus seven electives for a total of 14 courses, instead of the usual 18, with Chicago Harris. They also take 13 courses with the School of Social Service Administration for a total of 27 courses, thereby enabling students to earn both degrees in a total of three years. Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Chicago Harris and the School of Social Service Administration.  A student who is already enrolled in one of the Schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other school.

Please check with the Dean of Students office regarding implications toward gift aid and student loans when deciding on a joint degree program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 27 graduate-level courses (2700 units of credit) to earn both degrees, not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade
  • For the MA in SSA degree, successful completion of 13 graduate-level courses (1400 units of credit)
  • For the M.P.P. degree, successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses (1300 units of credit)
  • Completion of the following seven core courses with a C- or better:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
      • SSAD 467 Organizational Theory and Analysis for Human Services
    • PPHA 32300, 32310 or 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
    • PPHA 32400, 32410 or 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the MPP degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 1 courses taken pass/fail

Cooperative Masters Programs

DUAL A.M./M.A. WITH THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Harris School of Public Policy and the Committee on International Relations (CIR) offer a two-year program leading to two master of arts degrees: in public policy and international relations. This program is designed for students who want to combine training in public policy analytical tools with a substantive emphasis on international affairs.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • For the MA in International Relations: successful completion of 9 courses (900 units of credit), approved by their CIR advisors and preceptors, which serve to build the foundation for the required M.A. thesis.
  • For the AM in Policy: Completion of nine graduate-level courses (900 units of credit), not including any courses with grades of F, I, W, or courses with no reported grade.
  • Completion of any six of the seven core courses with a C- or better.
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31200 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31300 Mathematical Statistics for Public Policy II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100)
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II:  Developing World
      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II:  Developed World
    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I
      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence)
    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence)
    • Choose one of the following courses:
      • PPHA 31920 Decisions and Organizations
      • SSAD 467 Organizational Theory and Analysis for Human Services
    • PPHA 32300, 32310 or 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I
    • PPHA 32400, 32410 or 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 Public Policy (PPHA) courses.
  • Completion of the math requirement
  • No more than 1 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail 

A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the A.M. degree in Public Policy, based on a 4.0 scale

Cooperative Program with the University of Chile

Chicago Harris has engaged in a cooperative program with the University of Chile in which students enrolled in the M.P.P. program in either school who successfully complete the first year of that program and who qualify in all ways for admission to the other program, may be admitted to that program as candidates for a masters degree. Those students who qualify may also participate in internships through the partner institution.

Students who enroll in Chicago Harris M.P.P. program who successfully complete the first year of that program and who qualify in all ways for the M.P.P. program at the Universidad de Chile, as determined by the Universidad de Chile, may be admitted to that program as candidates for the Magister en Politicas Publicas degree. Students from the University of Chile who enroll in Chicago Harris AM program will be required to complete all the normal requirements for that program as determined by Chicago Harris and outlined in Chicago Harris announcements and other applicable University of Chicago policies, and will be awarded the A.M. degree.  

Ph.D. Program

The doctoral program (PhD) at Chicago Harris prepares qualified students interested in research-oriented careers involving the substantive and institutional aspects of public policy. The program emphasizes the acquisition of skills needed to design and conduct policy-relevant research, and allows students to develop individualized and innovative courses of study in which they work closely with faculty members of the School and the University.

Director, PhD Program
Scott Ashworth, associate professor 
PhD Program Coordinator and PhD Student Academic Advisor
Cynthia Cook-Conley (clcook@uchicago.edu)

Course Work

Ph.D. students should expect to complete their program of study after a minimum of four to five years in residence. Ph.D. students must complete a minimum of 27 courses, including demonstrated mastery of the School's core subjects, unless they enter the program with a master's degree in the same or a related field, in which case the number of required courses may be reduced by up to 9 courses.  While earning their Ph.D., if doctoral students meet the requirements of the A.M. or M.P.P., they may petition to earn that degree.

Following completion of their coursework and examinations, Ph.D. students will be able to take advantage of opportunities to obtain financial support for their doctoral research from internal and external sources and to participate in research projects in the School and the University. Students receiving internal financial support will also serve as course assistants beyond their first year of study.

Additional Requirements

Beyond the successful completion of required course work, Ph.D. students must fulfill the following requirements:

Qualifying Examinations
Ph.D. students are required to pass four qualifying examinations offered by Chicago Harris: methods (statistics and econometrics), microeconomic theory, political economy, and a field exam in a substantive field of public policy studies chosen by the student and the student's advisor. These examinations will ordinarily be taken following two years of coursework. In exceptional cases, a student may propose an alternative to either the methods or the theory examination.

Qualifying Paper
During their third year of study, Ph.D. students make the transition from coursework to dissertation research. As a first step, they complete a qualifying paper and present it at a Chicago Harris workshop or other University forum. An acceptable qualifying paper will show evidence that the student is developing the capacity for formulating and conducting an independent research project and for creating a scholarly argument. Ideally, the qualifying paper will constitute a step toward completion of a dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Proposal
Following completion of the qualifying paper, students will write and defend a dissertation proposal before the student's dissertation committee and other interested University faculty and doctoral students. The proposal hearing will ordinarily be held by the Autumn Quarter of the fourth year of study, after which the student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. The hearing must precede the defense of the dissertation itself by at least 8 months.

Dissertation Defense
The dissertation should be a significant public policy research project carried out under the supervision of the student's dissertation committee, composed of at least three qualified members approved by the director of doctoral studies. The dissertation defense is a public meeting of faculty and students directed by the chair of the dissertation committee. The dissertation is expected to constitute an original contribution to public policy knowledge and to demonstrate mastery of relevant theories and research methods.

Certificates

Students who are enrolled in another degree program at Chicago Harris may also pursue certificates during their studies.  Certificates allow students to structure their academic plan and concentrate on specialized subject areas.  Completion of the certificate requirements is recognized through a notation on the student's transcript upon graduation.

Certificate in Economic Policy and Regulation

Faculty Director:Tom Coleman
Center Name: Center for Economic Policy

Program Description: The Certificate in Economic Policy and Markets offered by the Center for Economic Policy integrates the study of financial markets with public policy and regulation.  The certificate curriculum provides students with required and elective courses focused on Economic Policy, Financial Markets, and Regulation.  The Center for Economic Policy also undertakes targeted research programs relevant to finance and public policy in the University of Chicago tradition that ties education closely with rigorous and disciplined research.  The Center aims to train certificate holders for positions at government agencies and private institutions that operate at the intersection of economic policy-making and financial markets, positions that require a combination of strong economic training, technical skills, and an understanding of financial markets.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete both the following courses:

  • PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management

And one of the following courses:

  • BUS 25000 Investments (Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
  • BUS 35001 Introductory Finance (Autumn)
  • BUS 35200 Corporate Finance (Autumn, Winter, and Spring)

And one of the following courses:

  • PPHA 42520 History of Financial Crises
  • PPHA 34500 Macroeconomics for Public Policy
  • PPHA 42535 Banking Regulation and Management (formerly titled Financial Regulation)
  • PPHA 37110 Competition Policy
  • PPHA 39404 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy

Students must earn at least a B- in each of the courses to earn the certificate

No course required for the certificate may be taken pass/fail

Application Process

Certificate open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Certificate in Global Conflict

Faculty Director: James Robinson
Program Description:While past generations witnessed world wars, current generations have grappled with the phenomena of violent extremism, large-scale displacement, and failed nations. In a world where global conflict has evolved from involving not only superpowers but also state, sub-state and non-state groups, future leaders must also evolve their empirical approach to understanding conflict.

By enrolling in the Certificate in the Study of Global Conflicts, offered through the Harris School of Public Policy in conjunction with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, students will engage in analysis that moves beyond the headlines toward a deeper understanding of how data-driven solutions can be applied toward ever-evolving issues that global conflicts present.

By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, this interdisciplinary course of study will prepare graduate students of diverse interests for careers in government, NGOs, international organizations, or multi-national corporations.

Certificate Requirements:

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

  • PPHA 32735: African Development
  • PPHA 38740: Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future
  • PPHA 32740: Order & Violence
  • PPHA 35245: Violence in the Early Years
  • PPHA 30810: The Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • PPHA 39750: The Politics of Public Policy in Latin America

Students must pass each course with a grade of at least a B-.

No classes taken toward the certificate can be taken pass/fail.

Application Process

Certificate open to any University of Chicago student. Harris should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate. Other UofC students should contact Rebecca Rosen at rosenr@uchicago.edu

Certificate in Health Policy

Faculty Director: David Meltzer 

Program Description: Health Policy currently ranks high, and sometimes highest, among public policy issues and reform agendas both in the US and internationally. Indeed, most countries around the world are leading multiple health system reform cycles but most still struggle to mitigate health policy issues like healthcare financing, provider payment, aging and the prevention and management of chronic diseases. During the recent economic crisis, the only major sector of the U.S. economy that exhibited continuing growth was health care.

Certificate Requirements

Complete three of the following courses, including at least one survey course.

Survey Courses

  • PPHA 37510 The U.S. Health Care System (cross listed as SSAD 47512 Only open to GPHAP students.Typically offered in Winter)
  • PPHA 38300 Health Economics (Spring)

Elective Courses

  • HMRT 31400 Health and Human Rights (Winter)
  • PBHS 30910 Epidemiology and Population Health (previously PBHS 30900) (Spring)
  • PBHS 38400 Advanced Topics in Health Economics (Offered every other year— Winter)
  • PPHA 37300 Health Law and Policy (cross-listed with Law and Medicine) (Autumn)
  • PPHA 39510 Food and Drug Law and Policy (not offered in 2017-18)
  • SSAD 46622 Key Issues in Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Case Studies Approach (cross listed as PPHA 37302) (Spring)
  • SSAD 65600 Special Issues in Health Care MGT: Health Systems Transformation (Winter)
  • SSAD 63300 International Perspectives on Social Policy & Practice (Spring)

Application Process

Certificate open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Certificate in International Development

Faculty Director: James Robinson
Program Description:In many ways, our world is becoming increasingly interconnected. At the same time, many in the global North as well as the global South have come to question traditional relationships and dynamics of power. In this context, it is crucial for students across disciplines to develop not only a robust understanding of these changing international structures, but also the tools with which to evaluate these issues.

By enrolling in the Certificate in the Study of International Development, offered through The Harris School of Public Policy in conjunction with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, students will learn to seek data-driven solutions to development issues across multiple sectors including but not limited to economy, education, energy, security, and the environment.

By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, this interdisciplinary course of study will prepare graduate students of diverse interests for careers in government, NGOs, international organizations, or multi-national corporations.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

PPHA 32735: African Development
PPHA 38740: Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future
PPHA 32740: Order & Violence
PPHA 35245: Violence in the Early Years
PPHA 30810: The Political Economy of Natural Resources
PPHA 35501: Poverty & Economic Development
PPHA 35240: Education in Developing Contexts

Students must pass each course with a grade of at least a B-.

No course taken toward the certificate can be taken Pass/Fail.

Application Process

Certificate open to any University of Chicago student. Harris should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate. Other UofC students should contact Rebecca Rosen at rosenr@uchicago.edu

Certificate in Municipal Finance

Faculty Director(s): Paula Worthington, Chris Berry
Center Name: Center for Municipal Finance

Program Description:
The Certificate in Municipal Finance is a one-of-a-kind offering that prepares Harris students for careers in local and state governments, as well as private-sector financial and consulting firms. It is awarded upon completion of a four-course curriculum that will equip students with the skills to diagnose and manage state and local government financial activities.

This coursework will provide students with a strong background in the process, politics, and economics of public revenue and expenditure decisions; practices and techniques of modern financial administration; and the operation of the municipal securities market. Such policy expertise is essential for raising, spending, and borrowing money to provide basic local government services as well as for tackling many pressing municipal problems that are dependent on resources provided by the budget, such as funding public pensions and health care.

Other required co-curriculars include a one-day financial accounting training at a date to be announced during the winter quarter.

Application Process

  • Students interested in completing the certificate must declare their intentions to Mike Belsky in the fall of their second year.  This letter of intent will include a course plan for the fall, winter, and spring quarters, listing the planned coursework for the certificate.  Details will be shared before the start of the fall quarter.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate students must complete three courses, including:

  • Two courses from this list:

    • PPHA 32100 State and Local Finance (not offered in 2017-18)

    • PPHA 35801 Political Economy of Cities (not offered in 2017-18)

    • PPHA 36050 Public Budgeting and Financial Planning (not offered in 2017-18)

    • PPHA 39403 Practicum on Inequality, Household Finance, and Tax Policy (formerly titled Taxes, Transfers, and Nonprofits)

    • PPHA 42510 Applied Financial Management

    • BUS 30116 Accounting and Financial Analysis

  • And PPHA 32530 Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds (should be taken in the spring on second year)

Students must earn at least a B- in each of the courses to earn the certificate

No course in the track may be taken as pass/fail

Participation in the co-curricular activities, which may include:

  • the annual CFO Forum

  • two alumni networking events

  • conferences in the spring and fall on topics to be decided

Students are also encouraged to enroll for a Harris Policy Labs project related to municipal finance and to explore relevant coursework in other schools, e.g., ECON 26020 Public Sector Economics (Spring); SSAD 49600 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (Autumn); LAWS 43228 Local Government Law(Winter); or LAWS 53193 Topics in State and Local Finance (Autumn).

Certificate in Policy Analysis

Faculty Directors: Dan Black

Program Description: The Certificate in Policy Analysis enables students to learn technical and analytical tools in the classroom and subsequently to apply them to a real-world project for a real-world client in a supported environment.  Students will also learn valuable project management, communications, and other professional skills. Students earning the Certificate in Policy Analysis will be well positioned for careers in local and state governments as well as the private sector financial and consulting firms who serve them.

Certificate Requirements

  • PPHA 41300     Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • PPHA 34600     Program Evaluation
  • Choose one  Harris Policy Lab
  • Students must take either Program Evaluation or Cost Benefit Analysis before enrolling in the Policy Lab. 
  • No courses can be taken pass/fail.

Application Process

Certificate open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Certificate in Political Campaigns

Faculty Director: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Center Name: Center for Policy Entrepreneurship
Center Website: http://harris.uchicago.edu/centers/policy-entrepreneurship/home

Program Description: The Center for Policy Entrepreneurship sponsors the Certificate in Political Campaigns.  Through this certificate program, students learn the core analytic and technical skills used in modern political campaigns, as well as the social scientific principles to evaluate and apply these skills appropriately. Such expertise is essential to the running of modern electoral and advocacy campaigns.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate in Political Campaigns will be awarded to students who complete the following:

  • PPHA 31720 The Science of Elections and Campaigns

  • And at least two of the following: 

    • PPHA 30545 Machine Learning

    • PPHA 38615 Modern Political Communications

    • PPHA 31730 The Strategic Uses of Survey Research in Political Campaigns

    • PPHA 32810 Winning Issue Campaigns

  • Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order.

Application Process

Certificate open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Certificate in Survey Research

Faculty Directors: Colm O'Muircheartaigh, Marc Farinella
Center Name: Center for Survey Methodology
Center Website: http://harris.uchicago.edu/centers/survey-methodology

Program Description: The Chicago Harris Center for Survey Methodology was established in 2014. The center supports research projects on the methodology of data collection and evaluation, hosts guest speakers, organizes small group meetings and conferences, and manages the Chicago Harris Certificate in Survey Research, which will be offered for the first time in 2015. The Center for Survey Methodology works closely with other academic units in the University as well as with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC). The oldest university-based social research organization in the United States, NORC engages in research and data analysis in numerous public policy fields including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment.

In addition to being an intellectually vibrant area in social research methodology, survey research is a field that provides professional opportunities for our students. Students earning the Certificate in Survey Research will be well positioned for careers in both the public and the private sectors. Furthermore, in combination with other certificates, such as the Certificate in Political Campaigns and the Certificate in Health Policy, it can give students a distinct advantage in certain job markets.

The Center’s Academic Director is Colm O'Muircheartaigh, professor in Chicago Harris, who served as dean of the Harris School from 2009 to 2014; he is also a senior fellow in NORC. Marc Farinella, former COO of Harris, lecturer and Harris Senior Fellow, serves as the Center's Executive Director.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete the following course:

  • PPHA 41600 Survey Research Methods and Analysis    

and at least two of the following courses:                      

  • PPHA 38520 GIS Applications in the Social Sciences

  • PPHA 41800 Survey Questionnaire Design

  • PPHA 31730 The Strategic Uses of Survey Research in Political Campaigns

  • PPHA 44600 Using Longitudinal Data for Policy Analysis (not offered in 2017-18)

  • PPHA 30525 Next Generation Data: Sources, Access, Analytics (not offered in 2017-18)

  • STAT 33100 Sample Surveys (Autumn)    

Application Process

Certificate open to any Harris student. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue certificate.

Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy

The Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP), trains student to guide health care organizations through various economic, ethical, and social issues, as well as the financial demands of this complex field. Students can earn either a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy or a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy with a Concentration in Global Health.

Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to one of the participating professional schools. For more information, visit gphap.uchicago.edu or contact Laura Botwinick, Director, GPHAP at lbotwinick@uchicago.edu.

Honors

Any master's student who has a 3.75 or better cumulative GPA in the quarter prior to graduation will earn honors. Students in joint degree programs will use only the courses/grades counted toward the MPP portion of the joint degree for the purposes of determining honors.