PhD Program Admission at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

TTIC, in admissions, employment and access to programs, considers all faculty, staff and students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status. 2020 FAQ

Requirements to Apply

Requirements to Apply: (more details are available below the application form on this page)

There is NO APPLICATION FEE to apply for TTIC’s PhD program.

Application Timeline

Normally, students begin their studies at TTIC in late September (Autumn Quarter). In rare cases we consider admissions for Winter (January) or Spring (April) Quarters. If you would like us to consider your application for January or April, please indicate this along with the reasons for this request in your essay.

Applications may be submitted at any time of the year, however, to receive full consideration for September admission, applications must be received by DECEMBER 20.

Material Submission

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all material, including reference letters, grade reports and transcripts sent directly to us, arrive at TTIC in a timely manner. Material mailed from outside the U.S. should be sent via air mail. The application is considered complete, and evaluation can generally begin, only after all such material is received. An application might be rejected if all material is not received within two months. Please contact if difficulties arise in getting the material to TTIC.


Applicants who apply by December 20 (for autumn admissions) can expect to hear from a decision from the TTIC Office of Admissions by March 1st.

For applications submitted for alternate start times, expect up to three months after application completion (submission plus final submission of letters and supporting documents) date to hear a response.

Once you have applied

After you submit your application, you will get 2 emails: 1. An email will ask you to confirm your email address. Just click the link, and you are done. Certifies you as you. 2. An email which will confirm your application was received, and includes a link for you to review what you submitted.

Please fill out the form below to start your application to TTIC. Once you have started this form you will be sent an email that will allow you to continue to access your application until it is complete .


TTIC is committed to providing a supportive, respectful, and positive environment for all students, and welcomes and supports students and the wide range of backgrounds they bring with them to the Institute. TTIC is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body, and we especially encourage applications from those who may be underrepresented in our field. In addition to programs promoting more diverse recruiting and resources available to support all students, we further-engage female graduate students through an active “Women at TTIC” group consisting of female faculty and students and joint functions with our female counterparts at UChicago, and TTIC students also have access to and enthusiastic participation with various groups and programs at the University of Chicago that support and enhance diversity.

Non-discrimination statement and Title IX

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Values Statement


Please note that any deliberate falsification or omission of application data may result in rescinding of admission, denial of permission to enroll, or dismissal from courses or the program. Through online application submission, all applicants affirm acceptance of these terms and conditions.


All students who gain acceptance to TTIC with full-time status receive a full tuition scholarship and financial support either in the form of a scholarship or through working as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. This support is dependent upon maintaining full-time status and meeting academic requirements and standards set by the Institute.


Retention of credentials: Credentials of non-matriculates and applicants not admitted are retained for one year. If the applicant does not request re-application by the end of that period, all materials are removed from our files.

Additional Information for Foreign Applicants

Important Information for Foreign Applicants

TTIC academic programs normally begin in the autumn quarter each year - it is not recommended to begin the program mid-year.

Foreign transcripts and documents should be issued in their original language AND be accompanied by official English translations of those documents. If your school does not issue official transcripts in English, you should send the original transcript AND and an English translation. The translation should be prepared or verified by a school official or faculty member proficient in both the original language and English, or an official translation service or notary.

Additional documents may be requested by TTIC upon review of your original application and document submittal.

If detailed transcripts are not available, the certificates must be accompanied by official statements showing the class or quality of degrees or diplomas, and marks received on degree examinations as compared with the maximum marks obtainable. If the schools that you attended are no longer in existence, or if it is impossible to obtain official documents from any schools, please ask the Ministry of Education in your home country to furnish an official statement testifying to the impossibility of obtaining records. The Ministry should also be requested to supply TTIC with a list of courses ordinarily followed in the school or university.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are international students and have not studied for at least one academic year within the last five years in a school in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or an English-medium university in Canada or South Africa, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

To be successful in the academic program, it is essential that each graduate student is competent in understanding and communicating in English. The assessment of English competency will be made based on two factors: 1) the TOEFL or IELTS score, and 2) applicant interviews.

The minimum TOEFL score to be considered for admission is 92 on the internet-based test (iBT) and 580 on the paper-based test (PBT). Please note that the computer-based test results are no longer valid (see the TOEFL website for more information).

The minimum IELTS score allowed is 7. Minimum required scores in the IELTS are an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each. (Note: students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test).

English competence, evaluated based on the test scores and an interview with a TTIC representative, is factored into the final admissions decision.

An applicant may be admitted with an English proficiency test score lower than that listed above. The score must still fall within the range listed below:

6.0-6.9 IELTS 61-91 TOEFLiBT 500-579 TOEFL

In such cases, and as terms of acceptance, the applicant must enroll in and complete an English enhancement course from the University of Chicago English Language Institute in the Language Skills or Pronunciation and Conversation Skills course list. This must be completed in the first quarter after enrolling at TTIC. All course expenses and material fees will be covered by TTIC, and an official record/score of attendance/completion must be submitted from the English Language Institute and kept on file in the TTIC Registrar’s Office.

If you have further questions, please contact the Admission Office of TTIC, 6045 S. Kenwood Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637. Telephone: 773.834.2216. Email:

2020 FAQs:

2020 is unique and challenging. Nonetheless, TTIC is committed to recruiting, welcoming and educating students who will become the leading computer scientists of the world. This year, that endeavor requires some adjustments and flexibility in the admissions process.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, TTIC recognizes that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review.

We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension or discuss your circumstances: We will do our best to work with you.


We encourage official transcripts arrive prior to the application deadline to avoid any delay in sending offer letters. If you have a challenge with providing official transcripts to TTIC, or have questions, contact the TTIC Admissions Office

Some institutions’ adoption of Credit/No Credit and other unique-to-2020 grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption will not put an applicant at a disadvantage. TTIC will work with applicants and/or institutions to give all transcripted credit proper acknowledgement.

GRE scores

TTIC does not require applicants to report GRE scores. The GRE® General Test taken at home has been a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the test at a test center due to public health concerns, or closed testing centers. This is offered everywhere that the GRE General Test is normally available, based on the country of your account address, except Mainland China and Iran.

English Language Proficiency Exams

During the current COVID-19 situation, both IELTS and TOEFL exams can now be scheduled as at-home tests in many countries. These are proctored online versions of the tests that can be taken in test users’ homes. TTIC will accept scores from these test versions if regular testing is not available in your country. If you are interested please review TOEFL at-home testing or the IELTS Indicator.

Visits to TTIC

Because travel is still difficult at this time, TTIC is planning to hold Open House sessions in November and December to meet students interested in the PhD program, computer science research, and applying. Open House sessions will be announced in late October. TTIC continues to consider how to safely have in-person meeting opportunities as time passes.

Institute Operations & Facilities in 2020-21

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, TTIC has been delivering its PhD program remotely since March 2020. As of October, following full facility renovations completion, there is a reduced-capacity occupancy allowance for faculty, students and staff to work in the facilities, in designated offices or at scheduled robotics laboratory times.

The Institute COVID Response Group meets weekly to analyze the current public health landscape, city, state and regional regulations, consider the changing Center for Disease Control federal guidelines and consider if adjustments for institute operations are necessary, or when further re-opening is possible. Health and safety for the TTIC community are top priority, followed by maintaining the highest quality of program delivery, advisement and support. TTIC supports students with remote connection and home office equipment grants for the period where remote operation has been required. TTIC partners with the University of Chicago, for which we share a campus, to ensure ongoing safety and public health best practices. TTIC provides regular updates to institute members.