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The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies is one of the nation's leading graduate public policy schools devoted to public policy research, analysis, and training. Part of The University of Chicagomarker, the Harris School is located on the University's main campus in Woodlawnmarker, immediately south of Hyde Park. In addition to policy studies and policy analysis, the school requires its students to pursue a thorough training in economics and statistics through preliminary examinations and intensive 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 three full-time professional masters degree programs: a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and a one-year A.M. in Public Policy Studies. Further, a Ph.D. degree program is offered to students looking to pursure a career designing and conducting policy-relevant research. Last, accelerated joint degree offerings internal to the University exist to Harris School students, in particular, the M.P.P./J.D., M.P.P./M.B.A., and M.P.P./A.M. programs.

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

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  • Child and Family Policy
  • Economic Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Finance and Public Finance
  • Health Policy
  • International Policy
  • Organizations, Institutions, and Management
  • Poverty and Inequality

Harris School Policy and Research Centers

  • Center for Human Potential and Public Policy
  • Center for Policy Practice
  • Center for Social Program Evaluation
  • Cultural Policy Center

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