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.

The application is now closed for the summer of 2022, and will re-open in the fall for next summer's cohort.


Course Overview

Data Analytics, R Programming, Public Policy, Policy Research


Beginner, Intermediate


Seven (7) weeks, 10-15 hours per week


Session One: June 13 - July 31, 2022
Session Two: July 25 - September 10, 2022




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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Reena Mensingh
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Reena Mensingh

"DPSS armed me with a quantitative toolkit, as I expected, but also with lifelong friends and mentors!"

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Wrojensky Andre
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Wrojensky Andre

"Transitioning from undergrad to master's level was challenging when I made the jump a few years ago, and I didn't want the same thing at Harris. After completing DPSS, I felt better prepared."

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Alexandra Garney

"The fact that DPSS 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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Ziyang Ryan Wang
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Ziyang “Ryan” Wang

"The DPSS team is friendly and helpful! Professor Wright and the TAs are patient to answer my academic questions while Andie and Shilin answer my registration questions."

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Amethyst Davis
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Amethyst Davis

"DPSS made me a better listener and changed the short of questions I ask as a journalist."

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