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    january 10 (deadline for fellowship consideration), april 15 (deadline for admissions)

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    This two-year program will offer students rigorous training in:

    Public Policy: policy analysis and strategy, program evaluation, organizational decision making, and substantive specializations in an area chosen by the individual student.

    Computer Science: computer programming, data analytics and machine learning, and databases.

    The program is unique in its focus on the intersection between policy analysis and computer science. Graduates with core competence in both of these areas will be in a position to make meaningful contributions to the design, implementation, and rigorous analysis of policies at a time when the public sector is becoming increasingly data-driven and as more data are collected, stored, and made publicly available. Graduates of the program will serve in roles such as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Data Officer (CDO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO), or Transparency Officer (TO) in federal, state, and local governments and work in private firms that serve the public sector.


    As with the Chicago Harris Master's in Public Policy program and the Master's in Computer Science programs, students need to have significant undergraduate and/or professional achievements, including strong quantitative skills. While students with a background in Computer Science are welcome in the program, applicants are not expected to have a background in Computer Science prior to joining the program.


    All students will complete a common set of courses in computer science and policy analysis listed here. In the first year, students will complete both a one-year programming sequence and a core set of classes in statistics and economics. In the third quarter, there will be an integrative seminar, which will expose students to current practitioners and policymakers and in which they will address a topic of current policy importance that they choose. At the end of the first academic year, students will be asked to continue their learning in a public sector setting through a summer internship and will chose an area of concentration for their second-year elective classes.

    In addition to the courses listed above, a periodic workshop series on recent research and innovation in public policy and the use of public data is an integral part of the program. Students and faculty will be able to interact with both academic and non-academic experts, learn of current challenges, and, establish professional networks with potential future employers.

    In the second year, each student will choose one of three curricular paths: Computer Science, Policy Expertise, or a combined focus.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTSOnline Graduate Application Form and Supplemental FormResume (submitted with online application)Essay questions (submitted with online application)Transcripts (submitted with online application)Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)GRE or GMAT ScoresTOEFL Scores (international students only)Non-refundable application feeADMISSIONS DECISIONSAdmissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to theadmissions office. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

    Here at Chicago Harris, we know that the cost for your degree will be significant; we are committed to helping identify financial resources to assist with managing the cost. Financial aid is calculated based on a standardized cost of attendance: tuition, room and board, books, transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses for three academic quarters (nine months). The Office of Admissions notifies you of any merit scholarship award at the time of your admission. At that time, we also provide you with information on applying for loans and work.

    Financial Aid for Master's Students

    Each year, approximately 30-40 percent of Chicago Harris students receive some kind of financial aid. The School assists many students with both scholarships and fellowships that are awarded on a competitive, merit basis. Additionally, the University provides loan assistance and work-study to students who demonstrate financial need. You can learn more about financial aid for master’s students here.

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