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Graduate Student-at-Large

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The application portal is now closed. Applications for Winter quarter 2023 will open in early October. In the meantime, please get in touch with us to explore more program information.

Admission Information

We encourage applicants to the Graduate Student-at-Large program to complete their application by the day of the app deadline to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are rolling, and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Late applications will be reviewed the following quarter. We recommend late applicants email GSAL admissions staff at

How to Apply

Start your application with our online application form. You'll set up an account with your email address and give us a little more basic information about yourself. The following materials are required to complete the online application:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Official documentation of BA/BS or equivalent if not included on transcripts
  • $75 non-refundable application fee

The GSAL Associate Director, Esther Pandian-Riske, and team will carefully review your application and, should you meet the general application standards, will invite you for either a telephone or in-person interview. The interview is a time for you to share your main objectives and goals for participating in the GSAL, GSALB, or RS programs and an opportunity for the interviewer to help contextualize your academic performance thus far, and make collaborative plans for your academic future. During this time, you will have the opportunity to review courses in the upcoming quarter. 

Applicants will be informed of the admissions decision by the end of the interview.

Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:

The University of Chicago Professional Education
Attention: GSAL
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Or via email to Transcripts must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes as a GSAL, GSALB, or RS student. Failure to do so may result in the inability to register for courses and disciplinary action.

Applicants to the Graduate Student-at-Large who do not meet the English Language Proficiency criteria must submit proof of English language proficiency. The program requires a minimum TOEFL 104, no less than 26 on each subsection, or IELTS 7, no less than 7.0 on each subsection. Only the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic tests are accepted as proof of proficiency. Please review score requirements posted on the UChicagoGRAD website for more information. 

Meet your Admissions Counselor

Do you have questions about the GSAL program? The UCPE admissions office is here to help you through the enrollment process. Create your online application as early as possible so that we may create your file and help you track additional materials as they arrive. Contact our admissions adviser if you have any questions along the way through email or book an appointment today.

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