Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the more common questions we get from prospective Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) students. If you have any additional questions please email us at ma-humanities@uchicago.edu.

What part of the application is most important?

While all components of the application are important, your statement of purpose and writing sample are of most interest to the MAPH admissions committee. Your statement should give a clear idea of what you hope to gain from a year of rigorous academic work. MAPH has always held that some promising students do not always do well on standardized tests. Therefore, less attention is given to GRE scores than to the statement of purpose, writing sample, and transcripts.

I already have an MA. Can I still apply to MAPH?

Potentially. We will not consider you if you already have an MA in a humanistic discipline and would like to study the same subject in MAPH. However, if you have an MFA, an MA in a non-humanistic field, or you would like to transition to a new humanistic field (from English to Art History, for example), you are eligible to apply.

Can I apply to be a part-time student?

There is no part-time application, but students who have been admitted can complete the program on a part-time basis. If you would like to complete the program part-time, you need to discuss your academic plan with MAPH's Associate Director before fall quarter class begin. All part-time students must finish the degree within five years.