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The University of Chicago: Graduate Studies
A $75 Application Fee. The fee is non-refundable and does not apply toward tuition or other charges. The fee is waived for AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars Program, Peace Corps, and Teach For America alumni. Please upload verification of your service with your application and complete the fee waiver form as part of the application for admission.
For the Master’s Program: Three Letters of Recommendation. References should be qualified to discuss your aptitude for both graduate study and social work.
Current undergraduates or recent graduates must include at least two academic references;
15-Month Accelerated Program applicants must include two academic references;
Transfer students and 15-Month Accelerated Program applicants must include a reference from a current or recent practice professor or field instructor who can evaluate your performance in field placement or submit a final field evaluation;
Applicants who are or recently have been employed must include one reference from an employment supervisor. Ask your professional references to speak to your analytic and critical thinking skills.
For the Doctoral Program: Four Letters of Recommendation. We especially value letters from former professors or academic advisors. References should be qualified to speak regarding your ability for graduate study, preferably those familiar with your academic ability or research skills.
For both the Master’s and Doctoral Programs: Candidate's Statement. Those applying to the Master’s Program must write a 4-page, double-spaced statement that addresses all of the following:
a social problem and how a direct practice or policy intervention might provide a way to engage that problem;
specific short and long term personal goals; and
how a social work education at SSA provides a way to achieve those goals.
EEP applicants must also briefly discuss how they intend to accommodate the additional demands of course and field responsibilities in this program.
Doctoral Students must indicate their reasons for applying for doctoral study, covering the following points:
this program seeks to develop scholars who will assume leadership positions in higher education; reflect on how you will make use of and contribute to scholarship in the field;
describe your plans for study, including a specific statement of your academic areas of interest;
given your interests, why do you think this program is a good fit for you?
briefly describe your career plans; and
(optional) provide other information useful for the admissions committee, such as explaining inconsistencies in your academic record.
For both the Master’s and Doctoral Programs: Transcripts. You must provide official transcripts from every institution where you’ve taken 3 or more courses unless these courses and their grades appear on your home institution transcript. You may submit unofficial transcripts only if they are accompanied by institutional grading and credit system information, most commonly found on the reverse side of paper transcripts.
For the Doctoral Program: Academic Writing Sample. Doctoral applicants are required to submit an academic writing sample of no more than 25 pages.
For both the Master’s and Doctoral Programs: Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
Applicants for the Post-Masters School Social Worker Endorsement Certificate Program (Type 73), please click here: For further instructions on the requirements and application process.
GRE Scores: We do not require GRE scores for the master’s program; we do for the doctoral program. The school code is 1832 and the department code is 5001.
International Students: There are slightly different requirements for international students. Please review this page.
Financial Aid: For the master’s program, SSA offers both merit- and need-based scholarships. To be eligible, you must fill out the Financial Data Section, which is part of the online application. Most applicants also apply for federal student loans or work-study to bridge the gap between their scholarship and the full cost of their tuition and fees. Please see the financial aid section of our site for a complete description of financial aid procedures.
For the Doctoral Program: All admitted students are eligible to receive tuition, fees, and a stipend for up to 5 years. Please see the financial support page for detailed information.
Note: To protect the privacy and security of your application, you must register your email address. Once created, you may access your account at any time, using your registered email and self-selected password.