PhD Program

How to Apply

We consider all applicants for the full-time PhD program who meet the following requirements: 

  • A bachelor's degree (usually with a major in a STEM field)
  • Official GRE scores for the general test
  • Fulfill the English-language requirements of the University of Chicago (required for non-native English speakers only)

We also consider relevant GRE subject test scores. These are not required, but could strengthen your application.

Application process

To apply, submit an application online. You must include:

  • A personal statement of research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • GRE general test scores (required) and relevant GRE subject test scores (optional)
  • TOEFL test results that meet the requirements of the University of Chicago (required for non-native English speakers only)
  • A $90 nonrefundable application fee

We consider requests for application fee waivers on an individual basis.

Use the University of Chicago's institution code (1832) to send GRE and TOEFL scores. You don’t need to include a department code.

Explore UChicagoGRAD for more information about the application process, including answers to frequently asked questions and details about campus life.

Application deadline

We begin accepting applications in September for enrollment in the PhD program that starts the following fall. The application deadline is typically in the first week of January.

When you start your online application, choose the regular application for the year you plan to enroll. For example, select “2020 Regular” to apply for the PhD program beginning in fall 2020.