Since the department specializes in sociocultural anthropology, successful applicants to the Ph.D. program must have selected this field of the discipline for the intensive study. Moreover, the department expects applicants to have preliminary research interests that are broadly consistent with those of our faculty. This is especially important given the nature of anthropological fieldwork (long-term field research, typically).
Successful applicants to our program excelled in their undergraduate work and have demonstrated strong intellectual capabilities and creativity in pursuit of their scholarly goals. Accordingly, while a high score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is helpful, the Department gives primary consideration to applicants' statements of purpose and letters of purpose and letters of recommendation.
All applicants for the PhD programs must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions. Paper applications are no longer used.
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15. While applications filed and completed before January 15 will be reviewed for admissions and financial support, we strongly encourage you to submit your application by December 15. Admissions decisions are made in March.
Materials that cannot be uploaded to the online application should be sent to the School of Social Sciences, via U.S. Postal Mail, and addressed as follows:
Attention: Graduate Admissions (Anthropology)
Graduate Affairs Office
School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
Tuition and Fees
The University of California's current fee and tuition rates are
published here: www.reg.uci.edu/fees/
United States citizens and permanent residents who relocate to
California from other states may apply for legal residency here,
following one year of continuous residence. The required
"procedures of intent" are outlined here: www.reg.uci.edu/residency/classification.html
All applications for PhD admission are considered also for financial
support, and all admission offers to Anthropology currently
include five years of funding. Applicants are not required to apply
separately for admission and financial support.
Our competitive, merit-based funding packages include annual
registration fees and comprehensive student health insurance; a
combination of TA or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)
appointment with individual members of faculty, and fellowship
quarters in lieu of employment. Summer support and, in limited
amounts, graduate student research and travel funding are also
All offers to non-residents of California, including non-US citizen
international students, include nonresident tuition in the first year
or two of study.
Financial assistance based on need (loans, primarily) is available
to qualifying student applicants, through UCI Financial Aid &
All students applying for need-based financial aid are required to
file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.ed.gov/
International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents
are not eligible to apply for federal need-based financial aid aid.
Further information on assistantships and funding resources can be found here.
Information on graduate student grants can be found in the student center, and the grant proposal application itself can be found here.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE General Test is required of all applicants for PhD admission. We cannot waive this requirement; even when the applicant has completed an advanced degree at another college or university in the United States.
We cannot accept GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT scores in place of the GREs. We do not require that applicants file scores from any of the various GRE (subject) tests available.
Test scores for Fall 2013 admission must be dated no earlier than February 2007.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The internet-based TOEFL(-ibT) is required of all international applicants except citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The test is also required of US permanent residents who did not attend four full years and graduate high school in the United States.
A minimum overall score of 80/120 is required for admission, while a minimum sub-score of 26/30 on the Speaking component of the test is needed to qualify for financial support consideration. We cannot waive either of these minimum score requirements under any circumstances. Neither can we waive the requirement for current TOEFL or IELTS scores.
We can accept current IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as an alternative to the TOEFL-ibT, in which case a minimum 7/10 (overall) is required for admission, and 8/10 (Speaking component) for financial support consideration.
TOEFL-ibt or IELTS test scores for Fall 2013 admission must be dated no earlier than February 2011.
The Department of Anthropology offers a Ph.D. degree program in Anthropology. It does not offer a terminal M.A. Students admitted into the Ph.D. program may earn the M.A. along the way. Graduate cohort size ranges between 5 and 8, and the Department generally has between 40 and 50 students in it's Ph.D. program at any one time. While students work closely with their main advisors, they also draw on the expertise of the entire Department and the campus in pursuing their educational and research goals.