Each year, we consider approximately 1,000 applications to build a cohort of 110-120 students. We look for students who will thrive here and who are open to transformative intellectual experiences. We look toward building a strong community of MA students with widely varying academic and professional interests, an unusual mix of life experience, and significant academic promise, dedication, and talent. The range of academic interests is key in creating the community which is such a vital part of the program. MAPH is fast-paced and challenging, but the support of the program staff and fellow students make the year both transformative and enjoyable.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1January 3, 2018March 2018
Round 2April 30, 2018May 2018

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted using the University's application system. In addition to the online form, a completed application includes the following materials: 

  • A statement of academic purpose (1-2 pages)
  • A sample of critical writing (10-15 pages) 
  • Official transcripts
  • Valid GRE scores (our institution code is 1832; scores can be no more than five years old)
  • Three letters of recommendation (former academic instructors preferred)

A non-refundable application fee of $90 is required to submit your application. The fee can only be paid with a Visa or Mastercard. The application fee is waived for University of Chicago alumni, military vetrans, volunteers with Peace Corps and Teach for America, alumni of other service programs or academic preperatory programs, as well as individuals with a demonstrated financial need.

International Applicants 

A valid TOEFL or IELTS score must also be submitted by international applicants. 

  • Minimum TOEFL score is 104 total and individual scores must be no lower than 26
  • IELTS scores must be no lower than 7 
  • Institution code is 1832

Options Requiring Additional Materials

  • Applicants to the Creative Writing Option must submit an additional creative writing sample in the proposed genre of study 
  • Applicants to the Classics Option must submit a list of all Greek and Latin texts that they have read in the original, as well as all such texts they plan to read before matriculation

Applicants with Prior MA Degrees

We are not able to consider individuals for admission who already hold an MA in a humanistic discipline. However, we are able to consider holders of MA's in non-humanistic fields, those transitioning to a new humanistic field of study and MFA's. For detailed information on admissions requirements and policies, visit the Division of the Humanities website.

University of Chicago BA/MA Applicants

Please refer to The College website for more information about the BA/MA application process.