How to Apply

UChicago campus in the Autumn

The program in International Political Economy at the University of Chicago uses an online application system coordinated through the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. We offer some guidelines about the application process here, but encourage you to follow up directly with the program coordinator with specific questions about the process.

General Guidelines
  • Sign up for an online application account.
  • Register for and complete any and all standardized tests and keep that information ready when you work on your application. Have official scores submitted electronically by the testing agency to the University of Chicago.
  • Request transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended, accompanied by official English translations if originally issued in a language other than English; see below for more details.
  • Update your resume or CV.
  • Carefully prepare your statement of purpose.
  • Submit your application before the posted deadline, and check your email and online account for any updates that might come from the admissions office.
  • The IPE program has an application deadline of April 2, 2018.
  • Applications should be submitted as early as possible so that you can track the status of your application and the receipt of standardized test scores. You should log into and check the status of your application frequently once you have submitted it.
General Admissions Details/Required Materials
  • Applicants should submit official academic transcripts with grading scales for each year of post-secondary education at a college or university, as well as official copies of degrees awarded (unless the transcript shows degrees awarded).
  • Official copies of credentials should be validated by a school administrative officer such as a registrar or an official of the issuing body. True copies prepared and signed by faculty members, city or government officials, or notaries public are not considered official. If the standard in your home country is for someone in one of these categories to validate documents, please contact your program’s admissions office to discuss your situation.
  • Documents should be issued in their original language and be accompanied by official English translations. The translations should be prepared or verified by someone whose position requires knowledge of both English and the other language, e.g., a professor of English at a French university.

English Language Requirements

  • International applicants may submit either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL or IELTS score reports are valid for two years. Photocopies of TOEFL or IELTS score reports will not be considered valid.

Statement of Purpose

  • A statement of purpose is a required component of the IPE application.
  • Your statement should address your past work, preparation for the IPE program, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and future goals. It should be used to describe your reasons for applying to the program.