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About the Graham School

Since the University of Chicago’s founding in 1890, the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies has served as the center of its lifelong learning. The Graham School is dedicated to curating and disseminating the University’s rich content for a broader set of learners in ever more innovative ways, helping the University engage civically, globally, and with the latest developments in teaching and learning. By extending the reach of the University through professional programs, by spanning the educational continuum through bridge and partnership efforts, and by supporting a commitment to ongoing education in the liberal arts, the Graham School offers courses, certificates, and degrees to over 4,500 students annually. 

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Who can be a Graham School student?

Our students boast a breadth and depth of experience in a variety of professions, but they all share a love of learning and an understanding of the personal and professional value of an education. Students typically have a bachelor’s degree, but exceptions can be made for those with applicable experience.

Our Faculty & Instructors

The Graham School employs faculty from a variety of sources. Many University of Chicago professors teach in our degree and certificate programs because they enjoy the challenge a classroom of experience can bring. Our instructors also come from the tops of their respective professions, and can share insights developed after years of working in the field, as well as professional contacts. Above all, our teachers challenge students to ask big questions, and to learn how to think, not what to think.


The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies will set the standard for quality and innovation in continuing education in the twenty-first century. By advancing the University of Chicago’s scholarly values and rigorous commitment to learning, we are committed to creating a framework in which students seeking to gain new skills and knowledge will thrive while discovering a lifelong intellectual destination.

Why choose the Graham School?

Many students come here to gain workplace skills in order to advance their careers or change them completely. They take certificate or degree programs, or their employer works with us to offset tuition or create custom corporate seminars and courses. Others come to us to complete a master’s degree or to prepare for graduate school, and almost all of our students are also managing a full-time job. We work with you to ensure your success in our evening and weekend programs. The benefits of the Graham School include:

  • A wide offering of courses for personal enrichment and professional advancement
  • A flexible schedule for working students
  • Online programs for a national audience
  • Customizable seminars for corporate partners and groups

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies is to extend the University of Chicago’s intellectual resources and rigorous approach to scholarship to a broader community. We do this by providing various forms of study that meet the needs of students seeking to develop and grow professionally, intellectually, and personally.

We are guided by these values as we work to achieve our mission and goals:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment to community
  • Student-centered learning
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Innovation