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TTIC Ph.D. Program

The Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago offers a graduate program leading to a doctorate in computer science, and focuses primarily on

TTIC is proud of its PhD Program, designed to prepare students for academic or research careers. Graduates have gone on to tenure-track positions at Cornell University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Edinburgh, and Purdue University, as well as research positions at MIT CSAIL, Princeton/IAS, Caltech, Google and Microsoft Research, to name a few.

To complete the Ph.D. Program a student must make an original and significant contribution to the field of computer science described in a Ph.D. Thesis. In addition to the Ph.D. Thesis, there are course and examination requirements for the completion of the Ph.D. Program as described in the Academic Program Guide.

Every TTIC student is assigned a primary advisor among the Institute’s tenure-track faculty. In addition, students have ample opportunity to work on their research with all TTIC faculty, including tenure-track, research-track and adjoint faculty, and to collaborate with University of Chicago researchers.

TTIC is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the University of Chicago campus and has a close affiliation with the University of Chicago Computer Science Department. An agreement between the University of Chicago and TTIC allows cross-listing of computer science course offerings between the two institutions, providing students from each institution the opportunity to register in the other’s courses. Faculty and students enjoy full privileges of the University library system, athletic facilities and other services. Learn more about the TTIC, University of Chicago Relationship.


Small student-to-faculty ratio

Access to state-of-the-art computational facilities. TTIC facilities underwent a full renovation over the summer of 2020.

Full access to University of Chicago courses, campus, facilities & resources

Living in the vibrant, culturally rich city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Admitted students receive robust financial support packages including a tuition scholarship, highly competitive living stipend, TTIC-paid campus fees for all on-campus student privileges and access, and TTIC-paid student health insurance. All new students receive a computing equipment fund of $3000 for new equipment. Annually, 25-30% of students participate in productive internship appointments of their choice, typically over the summer quarter.

Recent student awards include a 2020 Google PhD Fellowship (Mingda Chen), 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (David Yunis), 2019 Google PhD Fellowship (Blake Woodworth) Best Student Paper Award, COLT 2019 (Student Omar Montasser and Profs. Steve Hanneke, and Nati Srebro), Best Student Paper Award, COLT 2019 (Student Blake Woodworth and Prof. Nati Srebro), 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Blake Woodworth), 2017 Best Paper Award, 2nd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (Profs. Kevin Gimpel, and Karen Livescu, and Student Lifu Tu), 2017 Best Paper Award, 2nd Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (Students Hai Wang and Takeshi Onishi and Profs. Kevin Gimpel and David McAllester).

Apply for the Program

See application instructions and details here.

Application deadline for the next academic year: DECEMBER 20

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