Frequently Asked Questions
What is the latest I can submit my application?
You should submit your application no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on your deadline date. If you have unanswered questions at the submission deadline, please submit your application on time. We will assist you with any remaining issues after you have submitted the application.
Should I schedule a campus interview?
An interview is not part of the initial application process for the Division of the Humanities, though some programs do interview groups of applicants during the application review process. However, prospective students are welcome to visit the University of Chicago campus at any time and should contact their department or program of interest to learn more about their program or to inquire about meeting any faculty or current graduate students.
Do I need to supply TOEFL or IELTS language test scores?
English Language Requirements can be found at the Office of International Affairs website. If you need to supply TOEFL or IELTS scores to meet these requirements, your scores must be from the previous two years.
What should I do if my official transcripts have not arrived?
Scanned copies of official transcripts or unofficial electronic transcripts are acceptable for the admissions process and should be uploaded through the online application. You do not need to submit official e-transcripts. If you did not upload copies of your transcripts and have already submitted your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Official transcripts will only be required of admitted applicants who accept an offer of admission before they register for courses in the Autumn Quarter.
Do you accept letters of recommendation through Interfolio or my university’s distribution system?
Yes. We accept letters of recommendation submitted by your professors through these services as long as the letters are kept confidential. If you have a choice of delivery method you should choose electronic delivery. If needed you may direct your portfolio service to address electronic delivery of your materials to email@example.com.
If electronic delivery is not an option your school should mail the letters to us at:
Office of the Dean of Students
Division of the Humanities
The University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th Street
Walker Museum, Suite 111
Chicago, IL 60637
How can I see if my recommenders have sent their letters?
Once you have submitted your application, you can view the status of your recommendation letters on your application status page.
When you provide your recommenders’ contact information in the online application they will immediately receive a link to where they can provide additional information about themselves, view your letter request, and submit their letters. Once you have submitted your application, you may continue to add and remind recommenders until we have received the required three letters. To make changes to a letter that has already been submitted, or to remove a recommender from your file, you will need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will you accept my application if my recommenders miss the deadline?
Recommenders may continue to submit letters after the deadline and they will be added to your file. With letters submitted more than one week after the deadline, we cannot guarantee the selection committee will include them in their review. Please ask your recommenders to submit their letters within one week of your submission deadline.
Will you accept my application if my GRE scores arrive after the deadline?
Self-reporting your scores in your application allows us to better review your application while we await the arrival of your official scores from ETS.
We urge you to take the GRE no later than November to avoid these issues.
What is the minimum required GRE score/GPA?
The Division of the Humanities does not have minimum required GRE scores or GPA to be considered for admissions. Average GRE scores and GPA vary from department to department, so it is best to contact individual departments with this question.
When will I hear whether I have been admitted?
All admission decisions will be made available to individual applicants through the online application. This usually occurs in early March. You will be notified by email from the Office of the Dean of Students when a decision is available. Absolutely no official admissions decisions will be provided directly in an email or by telephone; to protect applicants' privacy all applicants must log in to the application site to view their decision.
Whom should I contact with questions?
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 773.702.1552. We will answer all questions as quickly as possible.
The 2020 application is now closed, and the 2021 application will be available in September 2020. The deadlines for 2021 will be:
December 15, 2020
All PhD programs
January 4, 2021 (Round 1)
MFA in Visual Arts, MA program in Digital Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), MA program in Middle Eastern Studies
April 30, 2021 (Round 2)
MA program in Digital Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH)