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)
- Fulfill the English-language requirements of the University of Chicago (required for non-native English speakers only)
- If you are applying to the PhD in Quantum Science and Engineering, or to the PhD in Molecular Engineering and have selected Quantum as your primary research area, you may submit a GRE Subject Test score in Physics, Mathematics, or Chemistry if you feel that its submission will help us evaluate your application. This is an optional requirement. Do not take the GRE general test; none of our programs accept or will review the GRE general test.
To apply, submit an application online. You must include:
- An academic readiness, research, and interest statement
- A personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- TOEFL test results that meet the requirements of the University of Chicago (required for non-native English speakers only)
- A $90 nonrefundable application fee
Use the University of Chicago's institution code (1832) to send TOEFL scores. A separate department code is not required.
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We begin accepting applications in September for enrollment in the PhD program that starts the following fall. The application deadline is December 18, 2023, 11:59 PM US Central Time.
When you start your online application, choose the regular application for the year you plan to enroll. For example, select “2023 Regular” to apply for the PhD program beginning in autumn 2023.
Application decision release
Pritzker Molecular Engineering releases PhD admissions decisions by thematic research area. PhD applications to Molecular Engineering considered by Materials Systems for Sustainability and Health can generally expect to receive notification of their status before mid-January. Applications considered by Immunoengineering can generally expect to receive a notification of the status by mid-January. Applications considered by the Quantum Science and Engineering PhD program can generally expect to receive a notification of their status by mid- to late-January.
Application fee waivers
All applicants meeting the following criteria and providing appropriate supporting documentation will be considered for a fee waiver:
- Past/current participants with the Peace Corps, Teach for America, U.S. military veterans and personnel, and alumni of a variety of academic preparatory and service programs, as detailed in the application instructions.
- Applicants meeting eligibility requirements may also qualify through Big Ten Academic Alliance. BTAA FreeApp recipients must then follow emailed instructions from UChicagoGrad Admissions.
Applicants for admission can request a fee waiver by completing the fee waiver form found on the instructions page of the application for admission. The waiver form requires a concise and complete reason for the request. Current UChicago students seeking a waiver must provide their current student ID number.
Application hardship request policy
Applicants for whom a recent disaster or other, major widespread disruption (such as COVID-19) has impacted their ability to complete their application should view the University Hardship Request policy and if necessary submit a formal request. Further instructions and a link to the request form can be found on the instructions page of the application for admission.