Join a community of Social Scientists

Welcome to the Division of the Social Sciences. As you consider applying to join the rich and exciting intellectual life of our community of scholars in the Division of the Social Sciences, we hope that these pages will provide you with practical information and a good sense of the exceptional character of our scholarly endeavors at the University of Chicago.

The Division offers nine doctoral programs and four master’s programs grounded in an abiding commitment to fundamental intellectual inquiry and graduate training of the highest order. The life of the mind extends outside the classroom into Interdisciplinary Institutes and Centers and Chicago’s signature graduate workshops, which bring together faculty and students from diverse fields across the University to explore topics of common interest. More broadly, our compact campus and location in Chicago offers a wealth of opportunities for the life of the mind . . . and more.

Admissions to our programs is highly competitive. We encourage you to read the content of our web pages fully in order to assist you in preparing the best possible application. It is helpful to start with the “Application Requirements” section. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

If you are interested in one of our programs for undergraduates, please visit the University of Chicago College Admissions.

Admissions Office

Admissions Office 
Social Sciences Division
University of Chicago
1126 E. 59th Street
Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60637


Staff Directory

Please direct general admissions questions to
Cathy Mican
Kelly Therese Pollock

Student Life

You’ll find more than a world-class education at the University of Chicago. The same energy and excitement we have for learning extends throughout the student experience as you connect to the people and pursuits that make this your home. You will join a vibrant and diverse community that shares your passions—and introduces you to new ones. You and your family will find the support you need as you begin the next chapter in your life. And you will find inspiration in one of the world’s most exciting cities, Chicago. Like everything at UChicago, student life is engaging, enriching, and dynamic. For an overview of everything Chicago has to offer, view the This is Chicago brochure

Student Research
  • Our graduate students pursue exciting research projects all over the world. You can read about some of their adventures on our SSD Student Research Blog.