Accept Your Offer

You will need to accept your admission, pay your deposit, and submit your official transcript by the dates included on your admissions notification.

Submit your official transcript

Matriculation is dependent upon Harris receiving and verifying official transcripts from all prior institutions that have granted you a degree. Official transcripts are those that Harris receives directly from another institution. If you provided transcripts during the application process, you will need to request your official transcripts be sent to Harris at the same time you accept your admission.

We accept electronic and physical official transcripts:

  • To submit official transcripts electronically, please request those be sent to Harris at
  • Alternatively, you may request that your transcript be sent by USPS first-class mail or express shipping. Transcripts should be sent to:
    • Harris Public Policy, ATTN: Admissions, 1307 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Please do not send transcripts showing "unofficial" or "issued to student." We do not recommend hand-delivering opened transcripts, as these may not be considered official.

Complete Your Financial Aid Application

As a reminder, you can qualify for merit based scholarships as well as financial aid as a part-time student.


Students who indicated on their application that they would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships were evaluated during the review process. Scholarship recipients receive notification of their award as part of their acceptance. Should you have any questions, please contact Jessica Gagle, Director of Student Recruitment, Evening Master's Program:

Financial Aid Applications

If you intend to apply for federal financial aid and you have not already done so, you will need to complete the FAFSA and other steps as soon as possible. The UChicago Graduate Financial Aid Office outlines the application steps and provides other resources about graduate financial aid including resources for the Federal Education Loan Program (Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and Federal Direct PLUS Loan) and Alternative (Private) Loans.

When applying for FAFSA, be sure to include school code 001774 and select the appropriate academic years. The Evening Master’s Program spans two academic years and those needing loans for the entirety of the program, will need to complete two FAFSA forms—one for each academic year of the program.

Claim Your Network ID and Check Your University Inbox

You will receive your Chicago ID (UCID) number by email shortly after being accepted to the program. If you do not receive an email with your UCID number, please email Admissions. You will use this number to register for your Chicago Network ID (CNetID).  Your CNetID will be the credential you use most often for systems access and serves as your username for your email address. Beginning shortly after your acceptance, all official University communication will be delivered to your address. It is important to start checking email daily.  

After setting up your CNetID, you will be enabled to check your university email. All student accounts default to be set-up on Office365. You will use your as your email address.  If you prefer to use another email provider besides Outlook, you may forward your mail.  

Provide Proof of Immunization

The State of Illinois and the University of Chicago require students to have proof of immunity and/or vaccinations for certain diseases/illnesses. It is recommended that incoming students begin this process early, as medical records can be difficult to locate and the process for submission is strict. Noncompliance can result in discontinuation in the program if not resolved by deadlines noted by official offices. It is recommended you complete the necessary forms before the first day of class. 

(Optional) Opt-into the Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP)

As a student in the Evening Master's Program, you have the option of opting-into medical insurance coverage if you choose. If you have other adequate coverage, no proof or action is needed. Information about the UChicago Student Health Insurance Program (U-SHIP), and how to enroll, is available on the Student Health and Counseling Services website.  

Mark Your Calendar for Classes and Holidays

Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesday or Tuesdays and Thursday evening. Your class nights throughout the program will not change. Saturday seminar days will be posted to the Student Portal via the Canvas platform.

The Evening Master’s Program follows the University of Chicago’s Academic Calendar.  Please note the University observes the following holidays and will not hold class on these days: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.


Jessica Gagle, Director of Student Recruitment, Evening Master's Program, can provide more information about your next steps for entry into the Evening Master's Program.

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