Deadlines and How to Apply

Applications for study in 2021-2022 are open. There are two application deadlines for admission for Fall Quarter 2021:

January 4: Priority Deadline  

April 1: Final Deadline 

**Please note that after our Priority Deadline, further applications to the program are considered in the order they are received and completed as late as April 1st, as long as scarce capacity for further students in our next yearly cohort remains available. Although we make every effort to accommodate later applications, we cannot guarantee full consideration to those received after January 4th.

The Office of Admissions must receive ALL materials supporting your application by the appropriate deadline. Applicants who submit their applications prior to December 1st will have their application fee waived.

BA/MA Program

UChicago college students interested in our BA/MA degree must submit their application by February 15th. See our eligibility requirements.

Application Components

Our application process is now entirely online (paperless). All supporting material - including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and writing samples must be submitted electronically through the online application.

A completed application for the one-year CIR MA program should contain the following:

  • A completed online graduate application (available starting in September).
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions (unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions may be submitted electronically).
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores (Math, Verbal, and Analytical); use institution code 1832. Note: GRE scores are no longer required but are recommended.
  • Candidate Statement (approximately 800 words, or 1-3 pages).
  • 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from academic writers familiar with your work as a student.
  • 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 double-spaced writing sample of no more than 30 pages (ideally from a seminar paper or senior thesis).