Harris School of Public Policy Studies

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University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy
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Type Private
Established 1988[1]
Dean Kerwin Charles (interim)
Students 200
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Campus Urban
Website http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is the public policy school of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is ranked in the top five policy analysis schools in the United States.[2] It is located on the University's main campus in Hyde Park. In addition to policy studies and policy analysis, the school requires its students to pursue training in economics and statistics through preliminary examinations and course requirements. Further, the Harris School is known for its curricular interactions with the University-at-large, with students drawing upon the offerings of the Booth School of Business, Law School, School of Social Service Administration, and the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences.


The Harris School offers the following full-time professional master's degree programs:

  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), a two-year program
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Computational Analysis and Public Policy, a two-year program offered with the Department of Computer Science
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science and Policy, a two-year program offered with the Argonne National Laboratory
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy, a 9-month program
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy with Certificate in Data Analytics, a 12-month program
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods, a 15-month program

Further, a Ph.D. degree program is offered to students looking to pursue a career designing and conducting policy-relevant research.

The Harris School offers the opportunity for concentrated study in the following areas (but not limited to):

The Harris School's main building

Dual Degrees[edit]

The Harris School partnership with other professional schools and divisions within the University of Chicago to offer accelerated joint/dual degrees.

Cooperative Programs[edit]

The Harris School runs cooperative programs with other top policy schools outside the US.


The Harris School takes part on non-degree programs that are offered through the University of Chicago.


The following professors served as Dean of the Harris School:

  • Robert T. Michael (1989-1994-Founding Dean, 1998–2002)
  • Don L. Coursey (1996–1998)
  • Susan E. Mayer (2002–2009)
  • Colm O'Muircheartaigh (2009–2014)
  • Daniel Diermeier (2014–2016)
  • Kerwin Charles, interim Dean (2016-present)

Notable faculty[edit]

  • William G. Howell – Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics; Co-Director, Program on Political Institutions; Professor, Department of Political Science and the College
  • Tomas J. Philipson – Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies, Harris School; Associate Faculty Member, Department of Economics
  • Charles Wheelan – Senior Lecturer, Harris School
  • Frank Kruesi – Former President, Chicago Transit Authority; Visiting faculty member, Harris School
  • James A. Robinson – British economist and political scientist; University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy
  • James J. Heckman – Nobel Prize winning economist. Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, and director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development.
  • Jens Ludwig - McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy


  1. ^ "History of the Harris School". Harris School of Public Policy. Retrieved July 19, 2009. . Established in 1988, the Harris School emerged from an interdepartmental Committee on Public Policy. 
  2. ^ "Best Grad Schools Ranking: Policy Analysis". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 

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