AB/AM Program

Complete your UChicago undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years instead of 6.

Qualified University of Chicago College students who wish to pursue a joint AM degree at the School of Social Service Administration should consult with their AB/AM adviser in the College and with Admissions at SSA as soon as their first year, but no later than early in their third year.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have completed both your general education requirements and the requirements for your College major by the end of your third year.

AB/AM students take nine courses in their fourth College year: seven SSA Core courses and two electives. Students will also complete two field placements (an evaluated internship): one in the first year (College year four) and one in the second year of joint residence. The nine graduate-level courses together with field work constitute a demanding curriculum; therefore students are encouraged to complete their AB projects before beginning their graduate coursework. 

AB/AM students enter joint residence status during the three quarters prior to the anticipated date of College graduation, during which time they will be charged tuition at SSA’s graduate rates.

College year 1College year 2College year 3College year 4;
first year of joint residence
with SSA 
Second year
of joint residence
with SSA 
Visit SSA and consider taking a course at SSA during your second year to see if the program is a good fit. Meet with an SSA Admissions advisor.Apply to SSA: have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and complete at least 40 of the required 42 credits for the undergraduate degree, including all general ed requirements and requirements for your major. Begin joint residence status: 1st year of AM programResidence in SSA status: 2nd year of AM program
Meet with College adviser to discuss your plans. Meet with the College AB/AM adviser in autumn quarter. AB projects should be completed before beginning graduate coursework.3 courses/quarter + 16 hours field work/week3 courses/quarter + 16-24 hours field work/week
  Receive acceptance to SSAGraduate with AB in majorGraduate with AM in social work

To apply, please visit the admissions page.