The students wishing to receive a Ph.D. in Human Development apply directly to the Department of Comparative Human Development. Students are eligible for admission if they have received a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or have completed an undergraduate program equivalent to such a degree. Admission depends upon strength in the general undergraduate record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation, personal statement and interests, and relevant research experiences.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, The University of Chicago, in admissions, employment, and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors irrelevant to participation in the programs of the University. The Affirmative Action Officer (773-702-5671) is the university official responsible for coordinating its adherence to this policy and the related federal and state laws and regulations (including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and The Americans with Disabilities Act).
For admissions information, contact:
The Office of the Dean of Students
Division of the Social Sciences
1130 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
To apply: https://apply-ssd.uchicago.edu/apply
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The Student Affairs Administrator
Applications should be filed with the Office of the Dean of Students on or before December 10 to be considered for the following autumn. Our application process is now entirely online (paperless). All supporting material - including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and writing samples (if required by a specific department) - must be submitted electronically through the online application.
Please refer to the Social Sciences Division's Application Requirements for a complete list of required materials. Your writing sample should be no more than twenty pages and treat on a subject related to your graduate research area, if possible.
The application form is both for admission into the Department of Comparative Human Development and for financial aid, which is distributed on the basis of merit. Research and teaching assistantships are available and are normally held by advanced graduate students.