Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an enrollment deposit?

Yes. After accepting your offer of admission by completing the online response form, individuals in MA and MFA programs will be required to pay an enrollment deposit to confirm their attendance. The deadline to submit the deposit is listed in your admission letter. Students who fail to submit the deposit by the deadline are assumed to have voluntarily declined their offer of admission. The enrollment deposit will be applied to your autumn quarter tuition bill.

The deposit is required and is non-refundable. The Autumn 2024 enrollment deposit is $500 USD for MA programs and $500 USD for the MFA program.

If you have questions or require additional support, please contact the Dean of Students office at 

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 UChicagoGRAD website. If you need to supply TOEFL or IELTS scores to meet these requirements, your scores must no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

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 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 Interfolio provides you with an email address for each recommender, you should enter that email instead of your recommender's email when you create a recommendation request. You may also direct Interfolio or other portfolio services to address electronic delivery of your materials to

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

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 or 773.702.1552. We will answer all questions as quickly as possible.


Apply Now for 2024.

The application deadlines for Autumn 2024 are:

December 14, 2023
PhD programs

January 4, 2024 (Round 1)
MFA in Visual Arts, MA program in Digital Studies, MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH)

April 30, 2024 (Round 2)
MA program in Digital Studies, MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH)

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