What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants to the University of Chicago’s graduate and professional programs are expected to be enrolled in or to have completed a Bachelor's Degree program or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants from a three-year Bachelor's program will be given due consideration. Applicants must submit the online application, pay the application fee, and submit all required supporting documents by December 1. We do not have minimum GPA or GRE scores. International applicants and U.S. applicants who have never studied in the U.S. must show proof of English proficiency.

What criteria do faculty use in admitting students?

Faculty look for students who will be the best fit for the program. In reviewing applications, faculty consider academic background, GRE scores, the statement of purpose, letters of support, and research experience and interests.

How long should my statement of purpose be? What should it include?

We do not set a word limit for the statement of purpose, but a typical statement of purpose is under 1000 words and should include your research interests and goals at Chicago.

Do you require a writing sample?

No we do not, but applicants are welcome to submit a writing sample.

Do you require the GRE subject test in psychology?

No, we do not.

What is the GRE institution code for the University of Chicago?

Please use the code 1832.

Do you accept students directly from their undergraduate institutions?

While many of our students do come directly from their undergraduate institutions, we also have students in the program who have MA degrees or who have pursued research opportunities after college.

Do you offer a terminal MA in Psychology?

No we do not. Students interested in pursuing an MA at the University of Chicago are encouraged to apply to MAPSS (Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences) where students have the opportunity to concentrate in psychology. Another terminal MA is the MA in Computational Social Science.

Do you offer a PhD or MA in counseling or clinical Psychology?

We do not offer graduate degrees in counseling or clinical Psychology. Applicants to the Psychology PhD program should indicate interest in one of the following areas: Cognition; Developmental Psychology; Integrative Neuroscience; or Social Psychology.

How many years does it take to complete the PhD?

Our students complete the PhD in five to six years.

What are the teaching requirements for the PhD?

Our PhD students are typically required to complete 5 mentored teaching experiences (e.g., teaching assistant for undergraduate courses).

Are students invited to interview?

We invite finalists to campus for our interview weekend in February. 

What if I have more questions about the program or my area of interest?

For questions about the department, please contact the graduate program administrator, Kristi Schonwald, at kschonwa@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-8861.

What if I have questions about application materials, fee waivers, or how to submit my application?

For questions specific to the application process itself, please see the Social Sciences Admissions website or contact the Office of Admissions at ssd-admissions@uchicago.edu.