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
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.
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
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.
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.
This is a conversational space to connect with Data Analytics Credential (DAC) graduate teaching assistants (TAs). TAs will share their program experience, how they support DAC students, and how the tools are valuable for graduate study and diverse career paths. Join the interactive conversation to chat about the program, studying and working in the field of public policy. You can contribute by typing in the chat or speaking with or without video.
Join this Roundtable to hear from two alums of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program who are now enrolled in the Master of Public Policy (MPP): Victor Hinardi, DPSS'20, MPP Class of 2023 and Anna Weiss, DPSS'21, MPP Class of 2024.
Victor and Anna will share their summer study experience, discussing the curriculum, research, and virtual social experience. They will also share how DPSS shaped their future graduate study and provide tips for your post-DPSS goals. The alums will answer audience questions. Attend the roundtable to learn and ask questions!
Shilin, Executive Director of Partnerships and Credential Programs, curates global partnerships and designs meaningful short-term programs.
Andie, Associate Director of Credential Programs, supports students throughout their credential journey and collaborates with faculty for meaningful program design.
Mauricio, Assistant Director of Credential Programs, supports prospective students, enrolled students, and program alumni.
Lingyang, Credential Program Manager, supports the design and development of Harris’ new credential programs and partnerships.
Shenoy, Program Coordinator, supports prospective students from South Asia and the development of institutional partnerships in South Asia.
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!