The seven-week virtual program connects learners around the globe

Data is everywhere and analytical skills are in high demand by public and private institutions around the world.

Over seven weeks, gain the skills to gather, clean, analyze, and report on data through a public policy lens. Learn to use a scientific approach to address today's social issues and create a measurable impact on society.


  • Asynchronous lectures: Ideal for working professionals and students around the world, watch lectures and learn at your own pace.
  • Live support: Join live virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants and ask questions in discussion boards.
  • Applied learning: Engage in policy research project alongside UChicago faculty.
  • UChicago resources: Experience UChicago with live co-curricular seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities.
  • Enhanced network: Connect with peers and UChicago policy professionals from around the world. 
  • No experience required: Develop your data analytics skills alongside other students and working professionals.

Now accepting applications for the summer of 2023. Start your application today!


Course Overview

Data Analytics, R Programming, Public Policy, Policy Research


Beginner, Intermediate


7 weeks, approximately 15 hours per week


Session One: June 12 - July 28, 2023
Session Two: July 24 - September 8, 2023




Virtual Online

Austin Wright, Assistant Professor

Faculty Director for the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program, ensuring the holistic curriculum is designed and taught to meet student needs...

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Foundation of data analytics, coding and policy research with a part-time schedule


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Co-curricular programming design for your professional development and networking

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Meet Our Alumni

Yabra Muvdi

“Since the program, I went into a data science masters and decided to continue working in academia as a predoctoral researcher.”

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Maria Eugenia
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Maria Eugenia Araujo

“I'm confident these skills also will be invaluable in both my academic and career trajectory. Academically, DPSS prepared me for the next step in my academic journey, a post-bachelor program. And as I am now working on Corporate and Digital Law for a major Brazilian Law firm, my hands-on experience with data science during DPSS makes that easier.”

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Lana Kugli
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Lana Kugli

"During the last year of my undergraduate studies, I knew I wanted to further my education to follow my passion. With my research at the intersection of economics, politics, and gender, several options lay before me. The Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program at the University of Chicago not only helped me decide on the best option – it also gave me a memorable summer."

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Jiuzhi Simon Zhang
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Jiuzhi Simon Zhang

“DPSS really enhanced my passion for public policy. I met some amazing faculty like Austin Wright, and worked with an incredible group of people in my cohort —I am still in contact with some of them to this day. And being able to tie in my mathematical background to policies I care about was a dream come true. It definitely solidified my decision to pursue my Master of Public Policy (MPP).”

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Hunter Smith
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Hunter Smith

“After the program, I completed my bachelor's degree at Christopher Newport University. During my final year, I served as Head Research Fellow at the Wason Center for Public Policy and had a paper published in CNU's undergraduate journal, The Cupola. I am currently working to complete my Master's in Public Administration at the University of Washington and have held both graduate RA & TA positions. I hope to begin a PhD program after I complete my MPA."

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Part-time study with full-time support from the UChicago Community

The DPSS Impact


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Alumni rated DPSS beneficial for their academic and professional growth


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