Enhance your portfolio & strengthen your skills.

Whether you are preparing for graduate school or seeking professional advancement, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy credential programs prepare you with tangible skills you can use immediately.

Accelerate Your Path

Bridge gaps in your portfolio with a UChicago Credential

1-8 weeks in length, our programs provide you with tangible tools to apply immediately in your academic or professional space. Whether you are preparing for graduate school or seeking professional advancement, strengthen your portfolio with in-demand skills in data analytics, coding, persuasive writing, or current policy topics.

Our credential programs will enhance your skills in a part-time format, while offering the support and network of a full-time program. You’ll join a learning environment with interactive UChicago faculty discussions, collaborate with classmates, and practice the tools you learn in the classroom in applied exercises or research projects.


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Alumni rated the program beneficial for their academic and professional growth


Alumni became graduate students at UChicago Harris

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Danya Sherbini

Based on my DPSS experience alone, I can tell Harris is a place where people are passionate about policy issues and making an impact in the world.”

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Alexandra Garney

"The fact that Data & Policy Summer Scholar program was virtual allowed me to access the program in a way that I wouldn’t have if it meant putting a pause on my career, so I was really excited for this opportunity for professional development."

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David Chrisinger

“Since data cannot speak for itself, we’re here to help you craft stories based on persuasive evidence and rigorous data analysis to tell the policy stories that matters.”

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Value of Credential Programs

What are credential programs? What are the benefits? How can I leverage this program for my professional path? Hear from Jenny Erickson, Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing Strategy.

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Who Will Benefit

Credential programs add the most value if you are:

Considering a graduate degree or career in public policy or analysis.

Seeking a robust foundation in policy skills and topics.


Building a global network with the UChicago community.

Upcoming Events

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Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program Information Session

October 12, 2022 | 6:00pm Central

Hear from Andie Ingram Eccles, Associate Director of Credential Programs, about the program's academics, co-curricular activities, the application process, and more. Join this virtual session to listen, learn, and ask questions! 

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Credential Programs Information Session

October 13, 2022 | 9:00am Central

Hear from Mauricio Villacres, Assistant Director of Credential Programs, and, Andie Ingram Eccles, Associate Director of Credential Programs discuss the different Credential Programs, referencing the different coursework, schedules, and admission processes. This virtual session will help determine which Credential Program is the right fit for you. 

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Shilin Liu

Shilin, Executive Director of Partnerships and Credential Programs, curates global partnerships and designs meaningful short-term programs.

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Andie Ingram Eccles

Andie, Associate Director of Credential Programs, supports students throughout their credential journey and collaborates with faculty for meaningful program design.

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Mauricio Villacres

Mauricio, Assistant Director of Credential Programs, supports prospective students, enrolled students, and program alumni.

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Lingyang Zhang

Lingyang, Credential Program Manager, supports the design and development of Harris’ new credential programs and partnerships.

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Anuja Shenoy

Shenoy, Program Coordinator, supports prospective students from South Asia and the development of institutional partnerships in South Asia.

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The Harris Credential Programs team is delighted to chat with you! We can provide information about our programs, help determine which program best fits your goals, advise you through the application process, and more. Join an event or schedule an one-on-one appointment!

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