ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID
Admission is highly competitive. About 20 outstanding students with a potential to distinguish themselves in
research enter the doctoral program each autumn.
Reviewers evaluate the applicant’s essays, academic background and performance, research interest and
potential, prior exposure to academic research, strength of recommendations, and standardized test scores.
The application deadline is January 1 of each year. International applicants are encouraged to submit their
information earlier. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by email no later than early March.
Admitted students enroll the following autumn.
Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or expect to receive one
by the time they enter the program). Non-US residents should consult the International Applicants page for a list
of degrees recognized by the University of Chicago as acceptable equivalents. Work experience and/or a master’s
degree are not required to be considered for admission.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago considers students in all
matters of admissions, employment, and access to programs on the basis of individual merit and without
regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other
factors irrelevant to participation in the programs of the university.
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