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The University of Chicago welcomes prospective students to apply to one or more programs across the University. All programs at the University of Chicago offer an online application system. Please note, however, that each school and division has its own application, and that to apply to multiple programs, you will typically need to create a unique application to each one. Please read the information provided by each program carefully for their requirements.

For most doctoral programs, faculty committees will review and decide all of the applications that are submitted. For masters’ programs, there may be committees that are comprised of a combination of faculty and admissions staff members. However, since study is so specialized at the graduate level, each graduate degree program has its own way of determining which applicants they wish to admit in any given year.

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Chicago Booth School of Business

Divinity School

Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Division of the Humanities

Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

Law School

Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Division of the Physical Sciences

Pritzker School of Medicine

School of Social Service Administration (SSA)

Division of the Social Sciences

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Each of the graduate programs at the University of Chicago use an online application system, most of them coordinated through the Graduate Admissions office. Applicants to the Law School and the Pritzker School of Medicine must apply through the LSAC and AMCAS systems, respectively. Because the actual admissions process takes place within each school, division, and department, if you wish to apply to more than one program, you will usually need to create a separate application for each one. We offer some general guidelines about the application process here, but encourage you to follow up directly with the admission staff for your program(s) of interest with questions specific to their application process.

General Guidelines

  • Find the application instructions on our Apply page or on the webpages of the programs that interest you.
  • Sign up for an online application account.
  • Register for and complete any and all standardized tests and keep that information ready when you work on your application. Have official scores submitted electronically by the testing agency to the University of Chicago.
  • Contact individuals you would like to write letters of reference for your application, and give them plenty of time to do so. Detailed instructions will be included with your program’s application.
  • Request transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended, and if needed secure translations.
  • Update your resume or CV.
  • Carefully prepare the specific components of each application, typically written statements or essays.
  • Submit your application before the posted deadline, and check your email and online account for any updates that might come from the admissions office.
  • International applicants should also visit the International Applicants tab for additional requirements.


As a general rule, applications should be submitted as early as possible so that you can track the status of your application and the receipt of standardized test scores and letters of recommendation. You should log into and check the status of your application frequently once you have submitted it. In most cases, you will not be allowed to submit any additional documents after you submit your application.

For information specific to your program or application (including deadlines), visit the program’s webpage or contact an admissions representative from your particular graduate program.

General Admissions Details/Required Materials

Application Fees and Waivers

The applications to our programs require an accompanying fee. This fee will be clearly indicated in the instructions on your application, and you will be prompted to pay the (non-refundable) application fee once you submit your application. If you plan to request a fee waiver, you should not submit the application fee until after your fee waiver request has been reviewed. If necessary, you will be able to return to your online account to pay the application fee.

Fee waiver applications, if accepted, can usually be made as part of the application itself. Please do not be deterred from applying based on the application fee. Many programs will grant fee waivers if the applicant meets certain criteria, which will be stated in their online application. Typically, if you submit a fee waiver request, the school or division will be in touch with you if they require further information. Please note that with a few exceptions, most programs will only grant waivers based on financial hardship to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Current UChicago students and alumni will receive automatic fee waivers when applying to most of our schools and divisions. Participants in certain programs, including the Leadership Alliance, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), National Name Exchange, and those who will submit a Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp request, should complete the fee waiver forms as part of the application, and submit any requested documentation through those organizations, rather than submitting the application fee. If you experience any difficulty with these program-based fee waivers, please contact us at


For most programs, you will need to scan and upload a copy of your transcripts for every college or university you have attended, including the page(s) which provides details on the grading criteria and other information. If you are currently enrolled in school, you should upload a current transcript available at the time the application is ready to be submitted. Once fall term grades are posted to your record, you should upload a revised transcript.

Applicants who have attended international institutions whose transcripts are in a language other than English must submit those transcripts or certified attestations of study along with certified English translations. Both the original transcript and the certified translations should be uploaded to your online application.

Admitted students will need to submit an official copy of final transcripts before they can enroll. Note: any discrepancy between your personal copy and the official, final copies may be grounds for rescinding an offer of admission.

Standardized Testing

Please read the requirements for applying to your program, as each one will have a different requirement regarding standardized tests. If you are unsure about testing requirements, feel free to reach out to the admissions staff at that particular program for clarification. In most cases, GRE and subject test scores may be submitted simply to the University of Chicago, and your scores will be shared with the program(s) to which you are applying.

University of Chicago School and Program Codes

  • ETS School Code (GRE, TOEFL) for all programs except the Booth School of Business and the Harris School of Public Policy: 1832
  • ETS School Code (GRE, TOEFL) for the Booth School of Business: 1832-02
  • ETS School Code (GRE, TOEFL) for the Harris School of Public Policy: 1849
  • GMAT, University of Chicago-Financial Mathematics: H9X-WG-39
  • GMAT, Booth School of Business-Master of Arts & Public Policy: H9X-9F-50
  • GMAT, Harris School of Public Policy-Masters in Public Policy: H9X-9Z-17 
  • GMAT, University of Chicago-Masters Program in Computer Science: H9X-WG-56
  • IELTS does not use a program code; rather, please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account: University of Chicago – Graduate Enrollment, 970 East 58th Street, Third Floor, Chicago, IL 60637.

If scores are not recorded as received within a few weeks, be sure that your name and email address match exactly on both your application and the test, or contact us to provide the information needed to match your scores to your application. Please provide any available reference number (for the GRE or TOEFL, the batch number from ETS; for the IELTS, the TRF code) or other information, as well as which program you are applying to.

In most cases, international students will have to supply a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. It is best to read the specific instructions carefully for each application to determine if you fall into the exceptions they will offer. You can find more information about English proficiency testing on the International Applicants page.

Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose

A statement of some kind is a required component of nearly every application. The expectations for this differ between fields, so it is critical to read the instructions carefully. Your statement should usually address your past work, preparation for the intended field of study, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and career goals. It should be used to describe your reasons for applying to the particular department or program. This statement may assist the admissions committee in evaluating your preparation for graduate study, and help them understand your academic and professional experience, training, and interests beyond what is apparent from your transcripts, as well the specific fit between you and the department. In some cases this will be separate from a statement regarding your research or academic interests.


If a video statement or interview is required for your admission, the admissions committee for your program will indicate that in the instructions, and they will provide information about the interview process.

Admissions Decisions

Each degree program will release decisions at different times, and some degree programs may release decisions on a more “rolling” basis instead of all at once. The admissions committee will contact you directly about the status of your application.

Still have questions about the process? Please visit the Application FAQs page for answers to frequently–asked questions.

The University of Chicago community is enriched through the diversity of our students’ backgrounds and perspectives, including students from more than 100 countries. Each of our admissions offices is dedicated to assisting international students with the application process, and our Office of International Affairs supports the unique needs of our international students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to our graduate and professional programs are expected to be enrolled in or to have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants from a three-year bachelor’s program will be given due consideration. Because all of our programs feature competitive admission, no particular academic degree or background will guarantee admission to one of our graduate divisions. Questions regarding eligibility for admission to a graduate or professional program should be directed to the admissions office of the division or school to which you are applying.

English Language Requirements

International applicants for admission to the University must meet the English language requirements outlined below. Please note that there is some variation in required test scores; individual divisions or schools may require higher or lower minimum scores, and will note these on their websites.

Students may submit either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL or IELTS score reports are valid for two years, and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to submission of the application. Photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS score reports will not be considered valid.

To submit a TOEFL score, please use ETS code 1832. (Exceptions: Booth School of Business MBA: 1832-02, Booth School of Business PhD: 1819.)

If you are submitting the IELTS, the University of Chicago downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account: University of Chicago – Graduate Enrollment 970 East 58th Street, Third Floor Chicago, IL 60637 We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms.

If you need to contact us about receipt of your test scores, please include the batch number from ETS (not the test date or date sent), or the TRF code from the IELTS.

Language Requirement Exceptions

The English language requirement may be waived under specific circumstances: if the applicant is a United States citizen or Permanent Resident or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, or English-medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Students who studied in English in other countries—for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, or Singapore—are not exempt from the English language requirement (with the exception of Chicago Booth).

Transcripts and Certificates of Records

Applicants must submit official academic records—transcripts or mark-sheets—with grading scales for each year of post-secondary education at a college or university, as well as official copies of degrees awarded (unless the transcript shows degrees awarded). Official copies of credentials must be validated by a school administrative officer such as a registrar or an official of the issuing body. True copies prepared and signed by faculty members, city or government officials, or notaries public are not considered official. If the standard in your home country is for someone in one of these categories to validate documents, please contact your program’s admissions office to discuss your situation.

Documents should be issued in their original language and be accompanied by official English translations. The translations should be prepared or verified by someone whose position requires knowledge of both English and the other language, e.g., a professor of English at a French university.


The University of Chicago Office of International Affairs offers support and guidance for students who must obtain a visa to study in the United States. If you are admitted and decide to attend UChicago, you will receive specific instructions on the process.

Still have questions about the process? Please visit the International Applicant FAQs page for answers to frequently–asked questions.


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