Application Materials

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All applications must be made through our online system. All supporting documents should be uploaded in the application system and should include your full name and the name of the department to which you are applying. 

Although increasingly rare, and only after contacting the SSD Admissions Office, mailed documents can be sent to:
Office of Admissions Dean of Students
Division of Social Sciences
1126 E. 59th St., Room 101
Chicago, IL 60637

The online application, all supporting documents, and the processing fee must be submitted no later than the appropriate deadline date. We process only those applications for which payment has been made and for which supplementary materials have been received. Please refer to the online application for instructions. Incomplete applications are reviewed after all complete applications have been reviewed and may be severely disadvantaged in the decision process. Late material is reviewed only at the discretion of the faculty admissions committees.

Application Fee

The application-processing fee is $90 for all departments and must be made online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only) at the time you electronically submit your application. That payment takes two business days for the payment to finalize, and applications are not processed until that time.

Applications Fee Waivers

The application fee will be waived for all applications to MA programs submitted before December 1. Further, waivers are automatically applied for alumni of UChicago and applicants in specific service and fellowship programs, such as veterans and currently serving members of the US Armed Forces or alumni of Teach for America or Americorps.

Applicants may also qualify through the BTAA FreeApp Program. Applicants must apply for that program through the Big Ten Academic Alliance and must meet all BTAA FreeApp Program Eligibility requirements. BTAA FreeApp recipients must then follow emailed instructions from UChicagoGrad Admissions to receive their application fee waiver code. 

Applicants seeking a waiver for financial hardship must apply for the waiver on the application portal.

Typically, the Division of the Social Sciences does not grant fee waivers for international applicants.