The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Immunology - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Committee on Immunology offers a graduate program of study leading to the PhD in Immunology. The program provides multidisciplinary training in all aspects of Immunology that includes a core immunology curriculum and several advanced graduate level courses in specialized areas. The training also integrates the basic biological sciences with the clinical sciences in an effort to develop new immunological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various immune diseases and cancer. Approximately 30 students are enrolled in the PhD program, which has won training grant support from the NIH continuously for more than 30 years.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Committee on Immunology admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Degree Objective

The Committee on Immunology admits applicants only for the PhD degree. The program does not offer an MA program.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March.

Program Requirements

  1. 9 graded courses, including 6 quarters of Experimental Immunology. These 9 courses include the 4 immunology programmatic core courses, 3 basic science courses, and the balance in the form of elective courses.
  2. 2 graded research rotations in different laboratories
  3. 2 teaching assistantships
  4. Oral preliminary exam in the late summer of the first year
  5. Thesis proposal and thesis defense

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses. However, because many of the Division's sources of funding cannot be used to support foreign students, applicants from other countries should make every effort to obtain assistance from their government and fellowships from outside sources.