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The William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

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The William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies has a tradition of excellence in graduate education and outreach. It houses three master degree programs and two graduate-level, non-degree educational opportunities.


The Master of Liberal Arts Program


The Master of Liberal Arts program offers an interdisciplinary course of study designed to teach students the principles, perspectives, and methodologies of the major academic disciplines and to encourage students to assess these principles and approaches critically as they are applied to contemporary issues. The program achieves these objectives through a three tiered structure consisting of core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; five electives; independent research; and the completion of either a thesis paper or a special project. The program was created especially for adults who wish to broaden their personal and academic horizons through a structured program of either part time evening or Saturday study or full time study leading to the Master of Liberal Arts degree.


Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

The Master of Science in Threat and Response Management is an applied degree program that addresses issues of concern to public health practitioners and administrators, medical and nursing professionals, homeland security and emergency response personnel, and policy makers who are responsible for preserving and protecting the nation’s health. All students take a public health core, including epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health. Then students may choose from two curricular tracks, one examining the scientific aspects of public health preparedness, focusing on infectious disease and preventive health care, the other addressing issues of administration and leadership, concentrating on health planning, policy, and decision making. The program is connected to the Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, which is housed at the University of Chicago’s affiliate, Argonne National Laboratory, and is designed to help promote the lessons learned from this research project to practitioners and policy makers. Additional instruction is provided by professors of the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Irving Harris School of Public Policy Research. Students may elect to pursue a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time degree program.


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education program (UChicago UTEP) offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and an Illinois Teaching Certificate in grades K-9, with endorsements available in all middle school subjects, or an Illinois Teaching Certificate in grades 6-12 in Math or Biology. UChicago UTEP has many features that distinguish it from traditional teacher education programs. Its rigorous curriculum and in-depth clinical experiences not only equips students with the knowledge, skills and ability to teach, but also prepares them to become successful and reflective teachers who are attuned to the social, cultural and economic circumstances of their students. Over eight quarters, students receive instruction which includes exploring aspects of the teaching profession that contribute to social injustice. Through guided field visits to Chicago Public Schools, UChicago UTEP students learn how to observe students, collect data about schools, and reflect and document their experiences. Students continue to develop their teaching practice through one-on-one paid tutoring sessions at the University’s charter schools. The clinical experience of the program affords students two 18-week classroom rotations where they are paired with experienced teachers to further develop a teaching practice. Alumni receive support with job placement, in-classroom coaching, planning and professional development for two years, free of charge.


The Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) Program


The Graduate Student-at-Large program enables qualified applicants to enroll in and take credit-bearing courses throughout the University of Chicago, without being enrolled in a degree program. The program serves those interested in graduate study and professional development, and provides the opportunity to test graduate courses, define academic focus, grow professional credentials, and built a transferable record of study. Students have access to an array of courses in over 75 academic programs in the College, Booth School of Business, Harris School of Public Policy, the Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, and the Biological, Humanities, Physical, and Social Sciences divisions. Graduate students-at-large who then matriculate to degree programs at the University of Chicago or elsewhere may be able to transfer credits toward their degree. Acceptance in the Graduate Student-at-Large program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program.

Students in degree programs at universities lacking formal exchange or traveling scholars programs may apply to Graduate Student-at-Large if they wish to pursue short-term study at the University of Chicago.

Students must have attained a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be considered for the program.


The Returning Scholar (RS) Program

The Returning Scholar program, as with the Graduate Student-at-Large program, allows qualified applicants to enroll in and take University of Chicago courses alongside degree-seeking students. Unlike GSAL, Returning Scholars audit courses – they receive neither grades nor credit. Students are given a grade of R (registered audit) for each course completed. Audited courses cannot be used to complete degree requirements at the university, nor can they be used as transfer credit toward a degree at another institution. Returning Scholar is an ideal program for those who wish to pursue further education unencumbered by grades and credit or for courses where competency is testable, such as language study.

Students must have attained a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be considered for the program.

The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies also offers two credit-bearing Postgraduate Certificates through its Graduate Student-at-Large program:

Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Postgraduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences is designed to offer students training in statistical techniques and social science theory. The certificate will be relevant to professionals engaged in nonacademic research and other applied settings in addition to individuals who intend to enter graduate study in the social and behavioral sciences. Students will discern which tools are appropriate for addressing particular questions in quantitative research. All courses are taught by University of Chicago faculty and staff, using the unique access provided by the Graduate Student-at-Large program. The program begins with two required non-credit courses, offered during the summer. One course contains an overview of the objectives of social science research and quantitative analysis. Students will develop a capstone project in this course, and then complete it at the end of their studies for the certificate. The other course introduces basic quantitative methods and is geared toward students who have a limited background in statistics. The curriculum is structured around three competency areas: theory and methodology, data analytics, and survey methods. Applicants should have a BA/BS degree or the equivalent.


Medical Physics

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Physics is offered in partnership with the Faculty of the CAMPEP-approved Graduate Program in Medical Physics and the University of Chicago's Committee on Medical Physics. The activities of medical physicists cover a broad spectrum that ranges from the study of basic biomedical processes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. To participate fruitfully in this interdisciplinary profession, a medical physicist must be thoroughly competent in the physical and mathematical sciences related to imaging physics and radiation physics, must understand biological principles, and must be able to communicate with physicians. The certificate program is designed to provide necessary training for physicists who are interested in moving to medical physics with the knowledge that they will need in their future profession. Applicants must hold a PhD in physics from either a U.S. or Canadian university. Certificate recipients will receive didactic training in medical physics in a three-quarter-long sequence to fulfill requirements outlined in AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine) Report 197 and its supplement 197S. Upon completion of the certificate, recipients will be eligible to enter CAMPEP-approved residency programs in order to gain the clinical training necessary to function as independent and qualified clinical medical physicists.

For further information about these programs contact:
The University of Chicago
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 E. 60th Street, Press Building, Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1722