Graduate Admissions

2018–19 Deadline
December 10, 2017, 11:59 pm Central Time

History's information is supplementary to that provided by the Social Science Admissions office. We strive to keep our pages up-to-date, but if there is a discrepency, applicants should follow the instructions in the Online Application.

The dealine for the 2017-18 application process has passed. We cannot take any late applications or additional application materials. We cannot release any information regarding the status of applications. Decision letters will be sent by mid-March.

Most supporting documents should be uploaded into our system. All documents uploaded to support your application should include your full name and History in the header, e.g., "Chris E. Smith - History."

Any documents that must be mailed should be sent to the following address:

University of Chicago
Division of Social Sciences

Office of Admissions
1130 E. 59th Street, Room 107

Chicago, IL 60637

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Transcript from each institution you attended (most up-to-date available). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation (instructions available in the application)
  • Writing sample. Please upload your best complete writing sample, regardless of length. (It is helpful if you flag up to 25 pages within longer samples.) See the application instructions on writing samples. If your sample is too large to be uploaded, please either change the formatting to simple text to shrink the size of the file or send a portion of the sample that fits the size limits.
  • Candidate statement: Discussing academic and career objectives; word limit of 2,500.
  • GRE score report: self-reported in online application and official score report sent to institution code 1832; no department or subject code is required.
  • TOEFL/IELTS score report for international applicants; self-reported in online application and sent to instutition code 1832 (TOEFL). IELTS should be sent online to U of Chicago, no code needed.

Contact the admissions office with any application questions:

Division of Social Sciences
Office of Admissions
Phone: (773) 702-8415

The online application, all supporting documents, and the processing fee must be submitted no later than the listed deadline. The admissions office processes only those applications for which payment has been made and for which supplementary materials have been received. Please refer to the online application for instructions. Incomplete applications are reviewed but may be severely disadvantaged. Late material is reviewed only at the discretion of the faculty admissions committees.

Final note: First look for answers to your questions in our FAQs or other departmental pages. Our graduate affairs administrator is happy to answer any remaining questions that you might have.