The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

Division: Humanities
Degree Type: MA

Program Description

Established in 1996, the University of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) serves a diverse community of students engaged in innovative intellectual work that draws on the remarkable resources of the Humanities Division at Chicago. A shared commitment to rigorous humanistic inquiry—the dual cornerstones of which are the MAPH Core course and the thesis—creates a strong sense of fellowship among MAPH students. The array of projects, academic interests, and backgrounds our students bring to the program fosters a rich conversation that makes MAPH a uniquely engrossing academic environment. A glance at past MAPH thesis titles reveals the intellectual and creative diversity of the program as well as our commitment to supporting forward-looking, interdisciplinary graduate-level work in the humanities.


Application Method

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


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15 (decisions in mid-March), March 15 (decisions in early April)

The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

We welcome and encourage students to visit us in Chicago. While we strive to make as much information as possible available to prospective students, a campus visit allows prospective students to experience the "feel" of the program in a way that cannot be conveyed in email, letters, or on the web. For more information visit our program website.

Degree Objective

The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities admits applicants for the Masters Degree. 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Statement of Academic Purpose
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Transcripts
  8. Supplemental Data Form

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

The MAPH degree requires three quarters of study beyond the BA. All MAPH students take the MAPH Core Course (Foundations of Interpretive Theory) in their first quarter of graduate study. The Core, which is offered only in the autumn, starts two weeks prior to the beginning of Autumn Quarter. In addition to the Core, students take 8 classes, 3 per quarter, over the course of the year. One of these classes is MAPH 30200/30400, the Thesis Writing Workshop, which takes place in Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter. Students consult with their preceptors, Autumn advisors, and thesis advisors about their planned course of study.

Costs & Financial Aid

A limited number of merit-based half-tuition fellowships are offered to MAPH students.