How to Apply

Faculty and students in a CISSR workshop

Applicants to the University of Chicago’s graduate and professional programs are expected to be enrolled in or to have completed a bachelor's degree program or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants from a three-year bachelor's program will be given due consideration.

The Division of the Social Sciences uses an online application system. In general, a complete application consists of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, three letters of recommendation, a candidate statement, a writing sample and official GRE scores (where required). Applicants should consult the department to which they intend to apply for any specific requirements or procedures with regards to the application materials. Applicants must submit the online application, pay the application fee, and upload all required supporting documents by the posted deadline.

For Fall 2021 matriculation, the online application will be available on October 15.

International applicants and U.S. applicants who have never studied in the U.S. must in addition show proof of English proficiency.

Please note that applicants may apply to no more than two programs in the Division of the Social Sciences in a given year.

Applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in a closely related field cannot be considered for admission to a PhD program in a similar discipline in the Division of the Social Sciences.