We are a highly selective program that welcomes and supports excellent applicants. To apply, you should use the online system (Deadline: December 15, 2020, a $90 application fee).  Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Note: UChicago CS will not require the GRE exam for the 2020-2021 PhD application cycle.

Please note that while you are free to email faculty to explore possible common research interests, admission decisions are made by the Department.

While most of our graduate students have majored in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or in the mathematical sciences as undergraduates, applicants with other backgrounds have also been successful in our department. Students will succeed in the program if they are motivated to do research and have a strong general intellectual preparation to study in a particular field of computer science. 




  1. December 15, 2020:  Deadline for all application materials
  2. Early-to-mid February: Notification to admitted students
  3. March 5-6, 2021: Visiting days for admitted students
  4. April 15, 2021: Deadline for decision to accept admissions offer

Information on Joint Math/CS PhD Admission

To be admitted to the joint program, students will have to be admitted by both departments.  Applicants should refer to the detailed instructions.