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
Four-eight weeks in length, our part-time 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.
"I am leaving DPSS feeling more confident and inspired as I begin my graduate application process."
"The staff fostered a collaborative learning environment utilizing multiple platforms to ensure the opportunity for student success. Virtual office hours including issue-focused review and time for student questions were particularly valuable. I previously had little knowledge of data-driven economic research and found myself able to engage with literature methodology in a way that is changing how I view research, policy optimization, and the fields I want to enter professionally"
“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.
Ask Admissions is a space for you to connect with a member of the Credential Programs Admissions Team. This is a casual space to learn more about the program and application process and gain application tips!
Join Mauricio Villacres, Assistant Director of Credential Programs in this session as focuses on the seven-week Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program. If you are new to this program, we recommend you attend or watch a program webinar before joining Ask Admissions. This is an interactive session and will not be recorded.
In the six-week Persuasive Writing Credential program, students and working professionals learn about evidence-based persuasive writing. You'll work with expert writers and editors to form policy arguments that have the power to change minds and incite action. In this information session, hear from Andie Ingram Eccles about the curriculum, admissions process and more. This session includes a live Q&A. Join us and have your questions answered!
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.
Zoe, Assistant Director of Credential Programs, supports prospective students from East Asia and our assists in the logistics of the OE and PKU programs.
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!