Graduate Student-at-Large Programs

Graduate Student-at-Large

Sample for-credit graduate and undergraduate courses at UChicago through our unique GSAL bridge program. See where your passions lie or what undiscovered skills you have, and confidently go forward in your educational journey.

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Autumn Quarter 2024 (international)

Jun. 03, 2024

Autumn Quarter 2024

Sep. 03, 2024

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At a Glance

Full-time, Part-time, Open Enrollment
Varies Open Enrollment
$4,314 per course
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Want a Taste of UChicago? This Unique Program Bridges the Gap in Your Education and Career

Join a graduate program where class discussions turn into vibrant discourse, peers turn into friends, goals are achieved, and doors are opened that you once never thought possible. Whether that is a graduate degree, a career change, a salary boost, or following your passion—you will receive a taste of the University of Chicago and be submersed in our premier academic learning environment with all the perks and benefits that entails.

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The Graduate Program You Didn’t Know Existed Can Make a Huge Impact on Your Life

What are UChicago’s Graduate-Student-at-Large (GSAL) programs? They are a unique suite of programs were you can earn credits, receive letter grades, and obtain transcripts for graduate and undergraduate courses at the College; in the divisions of the Biological SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial Sciences, and Humanities; and at the graduate schools in DivinityPublic PolicySocial WorkBusiness, and Law. You will have the dedicated support of an academic advisor to help you navigate your educational journey, and many opportunities for building your network and forming relationships with faculty. These programs provide you with a bridge for what’s next.

Bridge to exploration

GSAL participants come from a range of backgrounds—recent undergraduates, career changers, those interested in new professional fields, and international students—yet all share a curiosity and determination to advance their education and explore fields of study at the University of Chicago. Many GSAL students wish to cultivate specialized expertise within their chosen fields of study, building on significant knowledge acquired in their prior academic training. Wherever you are in your educational journey, and wherever you are hoping to go, UChicago’s GSAL programs can help you get there.

Designed For

Students interested in exploring undergraduate and graduate-level courses to build their knowledge, grow their network, and receive academic advising to help ensure their success.

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Want a Foot in the Door?

Enjoy all the perks of being a UChicago student, from personalized advising and faculty engagement to extracurricular experiences and access to student resources. It’s your bridge from where you’re at, to where you want to be.

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Your bridge to a graduate degree

Building a graduate school application? We can help. UChicago’s GSAL bridge program offers you support, insight, and advice to help you build a strong application. The Graduate Student at Large is the only for-credit program that allows scholars to have the same classroom experience as those enrolled in Master's programs and PhD programs. They earn letter grades, course credit, an official transcript, receive academic advising, and have access to UChicago student resources. You will also be able to build relationships that can lead to recommendations. Showing your ability to succeed at the rigor of UChicago’s academic requirements, will make your application hard to overlook.

Build Your Network Before Starting Grad School

The GSAL program is more than just the for-credit classes and valuable meetings they have with advisors and program staff. Students enter a community of fellow learners, professionals, and scholars. There are weekly get-togethers where students share their experiences and offer support. There are opportunities to build relationships with professors, alumni, and potential employers. Wherever you are in your educational journey, and wherever you are hoping to go, the GSAL program can help you get there.

Enter into an extraordinary community

Talk about connections! UChicago’s bridge program boasts a thriving network, including an alumni community of over 10,000 active members, representing major industries, and residing all over the world. You will also be able to build relationships that can lead to a recommendations. You can see where your passions lie or what undiscovered skills you have, so you can confidently move forward in your education journey knowing you’re on the right path.

GSAL allowed me to forge invaluable relationships with University of Chicago professors while working full-time, which helped me to get to know my field and prepare my application for graduate school. The support and preparation afforded by the GSAL program enabled me to get into a PhD program in history.

Cheryl Trauscht, PhD candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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