Your application will include the following:

  • Online graduate application.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be provided for persons applying in Economics, Computational Social Science, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Geographic Information Science, or Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis. The institution code is 1832.
  • GRE scores are optional but recommended for persons applying in Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Comparative Human Development.
  • GRE scores are not required for persons applying in Anthropology, History, Social Thought, Education and Society, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or SIFK: Formation of Knowledge.
  • A 2-4 page Candidate Statement, outlining the applicant’s research interest, their relevant training, their prior academic distinctions, and their fit for 2 or 3 UChicago faculty members.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A non-refundable application fee. Click here for information about fee waivers.
  • International applicants to the University of Chicago must meet the English language requirements outlined by the Division of the Social Sciences. To see how this applies to you, please follow this link.
  • A single-authored writing sample, that speaks to the applicant’s ability in the discipline they designate for graduate research. A total of 20 to 30 pages is ideal. 7 pages is the minimum. More than one document may be uploaded, if the applicant has two or three shorter papers that best show their ability.
  • All supporting material – including letters of recommendation, transcripts, supplemental material, and writing samples – must be submitted electronically with your online application.