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.
“DPSS was my first exposure to quantitative methods, R programming, and data analytics, which made it challenging at first. However, working with teaching staff 1-on-1 and collaborating with my peers made the learning curve less intimidating.”
“A big thing that drew me to the program was that it works both for people who want to enter policy and those who have been in the policy realm and want to write,”
“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 sessions provide an opportunity for prospective students to ask questions regarding the application process, the coursework, and student experience of programs being offered by UChicago Harris. Join this session to get your questions answered about our Data & Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) and Persuasive Writing Credential (PWC) programs.
Join Anuja Shenoy, Program Coordinator about the 6-week Persuasive Writing Credential and 7-week Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program. This is an interactive session and will not be recorded
The 2023 PKU-UChicago Summer School offers three part-time, non-degree, in-person programs: International Policy Action Lab (IPAL), Monetary Policy and International Finance Program (MPIF), and Environmental Economics and Policy Lab (EEPL).
In this session, you can ask questions of Lingyang Zhang, the Assistant Director of Custom Programs, as you prepare to submit your PKU-UChicago Summer School application in advance of the application deadline. We'll help you understand the similarities and differences between the three programs under the 2023 PKU-UChicago Summer School and determine which program is the best fit for your goals.
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!