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 must be submitted to the Social Sciences Division Dean of Students by 11:59pm US Central Time on December 15. We accept applications only once per year for enrollment the following autumn. Please refer to the Social Sciences Division website for an overview of the process and a complete list of requirements.

All newly enrolled PhD students are guaranteed funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two for the duration of their program, regardless of citizenship or other factors. Funding support includes a full-tuition scholarship, health insurance (for the student only), coverage of the Graduate Student Services Fee, and a living stipend. The guaranteed minimum stipend level for the 2022-2023 year is $33,000.

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:


Division of the Social Sciences

Dean of Students Office


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Janice Pavel
Phone: 773-702-3971