Graduate Programs (MA and PhD)

Study with one of the best research faculty in the country. We are ranked THIRD in the nation for our scholarship (The Chronicle of Higher Education). Work toward an interdepartmental concentration in Central and Eastern European Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies, or Second Language Teaching. Participate in our exchange program with the Humboldt University in Berlin.


  • Take advantage of full support for almost all students accepted into our program – including three $20,000 graduate fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships (all include tuition wavers).
  • Apply for departmental prizes for scholarships and teaching.
  • Apply for funding to support summer research and development programs.

Professional Mentoring

  • Participate in teaching internships in General Education and major courses.
  • Receive individual academic mentoring from your advisor.
  • Attend workshops that focus on professional development

Our Students

  • Learn about our recent student placements in a wide variety of professional positions within and beyond the Academy.
  • Become part of an international student body. Our students and recent graduates come from eleven different countries.
  • Join a successful cohort of students: our students have received awards from the DAAD, the Max Kade Foundation, the Holocaust Museum, and the Chicago Jewish Historical Society.

Our City

  • Take advantage of an intellectually stimulating, urban environment. Our students utilize the resources of many nearby cultural institutions: the Goethe Institute, Newberry Library, the Art Institute, Facets Multimedia, etc.
  • Discover our campus located minutes away from the center of one of America’s most vibrant cities.


For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies.

Application Instructions & Deadlines

For Current Students