Degrees

Degree Eligibility

To be eligible for any graduate degree, a student must complete a minimum of three quarters of full time residence in the University, or its equivalent. To be eligible for a degree from the College, a student must complete a minimum of six quarters. 

Degree Application

Students who expect to receive a degree at the end of a quarter must file a degree application. This can be done through the myUChicago portal (https://my.uchicago.edu), except for Booth students who should apply through the Booth student portal. The application for the degree should be filed before the beginning of the quarter but no later than the end of the first week of the quarter in which the degree is expected.

A degree application is valid only for the quarter in which the application for the degree is made. The application must be filed even if degree plans are tentative. If the degree is not granted at the end of that quarter, re-application must be made no later than the end of the first week in the next quarter in which a degree is expected. A cancellation fee will be charged for each degree application that is cancelled after the end of the fifth week of the quarter in which it is filed.

Financial Obligations and the Awarding of A Degree

Students are expected to settle all financial obligations to the University and clear all restrictions established by academic and administrative departments within the University, including current quarter tuition and fees, by the end of ninth week of autumn, winter and spring quarters, and by the end of the eighth week of summer quarter. Should the ninth week of autumn quarter conclude with the Thanksgiving holidays, this deadline shall be the day before Thanksgiving.

Doctoral Students Earning Master's Degrees in Other Programs

In general, doctoral students may receive a second master's degree from the University while still enrolled in a primary program. This may be of significant benefit to a student. However, to protect the integrity of the University's degrees, the following conditions must be satisfied to award a second master's degree:

There should be no overlap in courses, papers, lab work, etc., used to satisfy the requirements of the degrees (in the absence of a formal joint degree program approved by the Council of the Senate). The student must formally apply to the unit granting a second degree and receive written approval of acceptance into the program from the dean or chair of this unit, as well as from the area Dean of Students, before half of the course requirements for the second master's degree have been undertaken. There is no presupposition that such an application would be approved.

Before half of the course requirements for the second degree have been undertaken, the student's plan to obtain a second master's degree must be approved in writing by the dean or chair of the student's primary program and student's area Dean of Students.

The Office of the Provost must approve in writing, before half of the course requirements for the second degree have been undertaken, the student's plan to obtain a second master's degree. The second master's program should form a coherent intellectual whole with the primary program. This should be evaluated by those whose written approval is required.

Students with master's degrees from other institutions

Students coming to the University with a master's degree from another institution may receive a master's degree from the University in the same or a different field if they fulfill all the standard requirements for a University of Chicago master's degree while a student at the University.