Deadlines and How to Apply


The application deadline for Autumn 2019 entry to the graduate program is December 21, 2018.

Apply Online

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Where to Send Your Application Materials

All application materials can be submitted via the online application. Applicants should refrain from mailing material to the department unless asked to do so, as this will delay the processing of your application.

Application Review

All applications are processed by the Department's Graduate Student Services office. The Graduate Student Services Coordinator will contact each applicant regarding the completeness of an application. Only completed applications can be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. (Please note that all admissions decisions are made by the Committee, not by individual professors.) Generally speaking, the Committee does not start to review applications until after the application deadline. Therefore, while submitting your application early will ensure that there is plenty of time for supplementary materials to be added to your application, it does not necessarily mean that you will receive a decision from the Committee any sooner. Most applicants will receive a response from the Admissions Committee in mid to late February or early March regarding application decisions.

Admissions Statistics

Each year, students ask for statistics (such as the previous year's average GRE scores). While we have decided to post those figures here for your reference, we would also like to caution you that these figures do not necessarily have any impact on your application.

This Department neither admits nor rejects applications based on test scores. We consider a range of factors, only one of which is standardized test scores. Therefore, comparing your scores to those of previous years will not really tell you anything about your chances of admission.

Also, it is worthwhile to note that we are not a space-limited program. Therefore, we admit as many applicants as are qualified. For example, we may admit 20% of all applicants one year, but we might only admit 10% of all applicants the next year.

  • Over the past five years, the Department's average admissions rate is 22%.
  • The average GRE scores of admitted students are: verbal, above 580 (old scale) or 158 (new scale); quantitative, above 780 (old scale) or 163 (new scale); analytical writing, above 4.0.
  • The average TOEFL (ibt) scores of admitted students are: listening, 28; reading, 29; speaking, 22; writing, 26; overall total 104.

For more information and required scores, please refer to the Office of International Affairs.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago, in admissions and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, or other factors irrelevant to participation in programs of the University. The Affirmative Action Officer is the University official responsible for coordinating its adherence to this policy, and the related Federal and State laws and regulations (including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended).