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Lifelong Learning

Learn Ambitiously

At the Graham School, we don’t shy away from hard questions—we pursue them in the spirit of joint inquiry. For over one hundred years, we’ve been providing liberal arts programs to adults who are committed to their curiosity.

The Graham School rigorously explores the big ideas that challenge and change the world. Through programs and classes in the arts, sciences, and society, we open the doors of the University of Chicago to lifelong learners globally.

Why Graham
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Our Programs

Pursuing your love of learning doesn't mean putting the rest of your life on hold. 

We've designed our programs to give you an engaging experience on a flexible schedule. Attend classes in the daytime, evening, and on weekends from the comfort of your home or office.

Master's Program

Master of Liberal Arts

A transformative graduate degree that will expand your horizons, advance your leadership, and prepare you for what’s next.

Certificate Program

The Basic Program

A part-time, noncredit liberal arts program based on close textual readings and instructor-led discussion in the Socratic tradition.

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Courses and Offerings

Our noncredit courses welcome adult learners from all walks of life. The one thing they share: a high regard for the rigor and depth that define our approach to learning. 

Open Program

Open Enrollment Courses

Daytime, evening and weekend classes in a rich array of liberal arts topics. No tests, papers, or grades. Just open dialogue.

Open Program

Writer's Studio

Noncredit writing classes, manuscript consultations, and free community events for writers of all experience levels.

Why Choose the Graham School?

For more than 130 years, we have been trailblazers in lifelong learning—offering programs that invite deep inquiry, spark creativity, and advance critical thinking. Now, our rigorous education is available anywhere through online learning.

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Study Great Minds with Great Minds

UChicago faculty teach Graham programs because they enjoy engaging with students who have diverse life experiences. Our instructors come from the top of their professions and share insights based on years of working in the field.

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Think in Ways You Haven't Thought Before

Our students push each other to talk about what matters. At the Graham School you'll discover, discuss, and disagree in a collaborative learning community— while making friendships that last a lifetime.

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Pioneers of Lifelong Learning Since 1890

Broadening access to world-class teaching is in our DNA. For more than a century, we've championed the idea that higher education is not just for eighteen-year-olds but for people of all ages.

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New Instructors Join Graham School’s Basic Program

Both Paul Cato and Rebekah Spearman use close readings of texts to drive dialogue and discovery.

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What's on your mind?

Whether you're interested in a specific program or course, or want to talk about where you fit in at Graham, we're here to answer your questions.

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