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The Graduate School

Where learning, discovery, and creativity flourish.

The Graduate School

Where learning, discovery, and creativity flourish.

Our Charge

Preparing and inspiring scholars to transform our world.

From admission to graduation, The Graduate School (TGS) supports graduate students throughout their experience, awarding doctoral and master’s degrees in more than seventy disciplines. We are a resource throughout your academic journey.

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Points of Pride

See what makes TGS special, by the numbers

A Stipend for the 21st Century

annually in the 2024–25 academic year for PhD students through fellowships or assistantships. More on stipend rates

Support for Parents

12 weeks
paid parental leave for PhD students who are new parents. All family resources

A smooth transition

of students are international, supported through language and other programs. See all supports

Connected to Campus & City

7 miles
between our Evanston campus and Chicago. Travel by free buses and trains. U-Pass transit programs

Ongoing Inclusion

mentor/mentee pairings in our Diversity Peer Mentor Program. More diversity initiatives

Funding Your Studies

Fellowships, grants, assistantship options, and more

TGS provides most doctoral students with a stipend and scholarship to pay tuition costs; they are supported for a minimum of five years. For master’s students, external grants and loans make graduate study accessible.

Funding Options

Happenings at TGS

Don't miss news, opportunities and announcements.


TGS U-Pass Access and Transit Card Fee
Spring Quarter 2024 TGS U-Pass Access and Transit Card Fee

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has made the TGS U-Pass program optional on a quarterly basis for the 2023–24 academic year. If you choose to opt in, your U-Pass will be activated (or issued) for the Spring Quarter and a quarterly $125 U-Pass Transit Card Fee will be applied to your student account.


Summer Classes Begin. Summer Change of Registration (Drop/Add)/La...

June 17, All Day

Summer Classes Begin. Summer Change of Registration (Drop/Add)/Late registration begins

Summer Session begins

June 17, All Day

Summer Session begins

Juneteenth (no classes)

June 19, All Day

Juneteenth (no classes)


Apply for a Summer 2024 TGS Childcare Grant

The Graduate School (TGS) is pleased to offer a TGS graduate student childcare grant program, which enables eligible TGS student parents to take advantage of available childcare options. This grant is designed to offer extra childcare support to fully funded PhD and MFA student parents within TGS, wherever they may reside. Apply by Tuesday, July 9.

Attend a Writing Workshop for Graduate School Funding

Join the Office of Fellowships for a three-session virtual writing workshop to help you prepare applications for graduate school funding opportunities. This three-part workshop will share characteristics of successful applications and common pitfalls to avoid.