Materials - Details

Materials - Details

All programs require the following materials:

Writing Sample

*See the Special Instructions for applicants to Music, Visual Arts, and Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.

The writing sample should be 15-20 pages long, double-spaced. The writing sample is intended to demonstrate your ability to engage in critical academic writing. Ideally it should involve interacting with both primary and secondary sources. It does not need to be specifically about any desired future research topic, but it should fall within your proposed program’s field of study. Most applicants use a course paper from previous study (modified as necessary to meet the length requirements), though some submit new works if they do not feel they have a suitable paper. Other applicants submit an excerpt from a longer work, such as an undergraduate or master’s thesis. If you do submit an excerpt you should include a one-page summary of the whole to provide some context.

Statement of Purpose

*Applicants to Visual Arts, see the Special Instructions.

We recommend that the statement of purpose be 1-2 pages long, single-spaced. Some departments have guidelines for statements of purpose, so be sure to check the appropriate department website.

3 Letters of Recommendation

We recommend that you give recommenders adequate time to write supporting letters in order to ensure that your application is complete by the deadline. It is recommended that your letters be written by a professor from the institution where you got your degree, who knows you well or at least has evaluated you academically in some capacity. Someone with an advanced degree who has supervised you at a job or internship in your prospective field of study could also be appropriate. It is best if all three letters are from people who fit these descriptions, but if you are unable to find three such recommenders, it is acceptable to seek letters from other people. 

Transcripts

A transcript should be submitted for each degree you hold showing details of all coursework and grades.  If one of your previous institutions does not use a grading system it is not necessary that your transcript or marksheet contain grades or GPA, as long as it is validated by a school administrative officer, such as the registrar, and specifically states your degree and graduation date. If your school does not provide grades or an overall GPA, you should also ask your references to comment in more detail on your academic performance in their courses and, if relevant, grades you received on papers or presentations. If you are still completing your degree, you need only submit your transcript showing your coursework to date.

For the application you are not required to submit official copies of your transcript.  If you receive and accept an offer of admission you will be required to provide official, final transcripts for your previous degrees.  Your transcript is considered final only when it specifically states what degree you have received and the date it was conferred. If transcripts from your institution do not specifically state degrees conferred, you will also need to submit a copy of your diploma.  An official transcript is a transcript which has been supplied from a school administrative officer and which bears an institutional seal or stamp.  Upon acceptance of an offer of admission to the University of Chicago, students who have attended U.S. or Canadian colleges or universities should request transcripts from their Registrar's Offices and submit them in signed-and-sealed envelopes. The Dean of Students Office reserves the right to determine whether a transcript has been tampered with.

Credentials written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation. This should be prepared or verified by someone whose position requires knowledge of both English and the other language (e.g., a professor of English at a French university). Translations must bear the signature and stamp of the translator. Please include the original transcript along with the translations.

GRE test scores

*Applicants to Visual Arts, see the Special Instructions.

GRE test scores must be from within the preceding 5 years. The ETS institution code for submitting both TOEFL and GRE scores is 1832. We do not use department codes.

TOEFL or IELTS test scores

If you are an international applicant and need to meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement, your TOEFL or IELTS scores must be from the previous two years. The ETS institution code for submitting both TOEFL and GRE scores is 1832. We do not use department codes.

Application fee

The application fee is $90. 

Fee waivers are available for applicants who can demonstrate substantial financial hardship, applicants who are working for the Peace Corps, Teach for America, military veterans, and alumni of a variety of academic preparatory and service programs as detailed in the fee waiver form (see the instructions page of the online application for a link to the form). Please sumbit your fee waiver request form by December 1st. You will need to complete the online application fee waiver form (found on the "Instructions" page of the online application).

Deadlines

December 15, 2017
All PhD programs and MFA in Visual Arts

January 3, 2018
MA program in Middle Eastern Studies
Round 1, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and MA program in Latin American Studies

April 30, 2018
Round 2, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and MA program in Latin American Studies

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Office of the Dean of Students
humanitiesadmissions@uchicago.edu
773.702.1552