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.

Applications should be filed with the Office of the Dean of Students on or before December 15 to be considered for the following autumn. The application and supporting documents should be sent in a single packet, if possible.

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.

Foreign students must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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.

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:

UChicagoGRAD, Admissions
Division of the Social Sciences
970 East 58th Street, Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60637
telephone: 773-702-3760

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To respond to an offer of admission, you must visit this page.

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The Student Affairs Administrator
Janie Lardner
Phone: 773-702-3971