What Makes Us Different

The MA Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) is an intense, intellectually transformative one-year program offering extraordinary access to the faculty and resources of a world-class research University. Students concentrate in anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or in interdisciplinary research. They take nine graduate courses, selected from all UChicago departments and professional schools. They work directly with UChicago faculty on the MA thesis. Students are assisted in their course selections, and offered weekly mentorship for their research, by doctoral student “preceptors" and by the MAPSS senior staff.


MAPSS is highly selective for admission and offers substantial merit aid, from partial to full tuition grants. We place more students for funded PhD study than any MA program in the world. We help students focused on careers outside of academia to develop professional-grade research and writing skills. We have a structured, flexible curriculum that helps students decide which path is right for them, with a dedicated Director of Career Services providing weekly workshops and support. Discover Why MAPSS is the right program for you.

MAPSS by the Numbers

of MAPSS grads who applied for the PhD have received funded offers.
of the MAPSS cohort is international, from 17 different countries.
of our American students self-identify as racial minorities.
of the 2015 MAPSS cohort received substantial merit aid, right up to full tuition.
number of MAPSS graduates currently in UChicago PhD programs.
of MAPSS students complete the degree within 15 months.
of the MAPSS cohort is female.
different undergraduate institutions are represented in our 2015 cohort.