Degree Information
Deadlines and When to Apply
Application Requirements and Procedures
Costs and Financial Aid
GRE and TOEFL/IELTS
Concurrent Enrollment: Information for current UCI graduate students

Degree Information

UC Irvine offers a Master of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies (known as the M.A. in MSTS). This M.A. concentration is housed in the Department of Anthropology and prepares students to respond to the significant and rapidly changing impact of medicine and technology upon economies and societies around the world. The degree is designed to provide students with skills that can be applied to future careers in a variety of venues, including academia, medicine or public health, the nonprofit sector, and technology industries.

In the one-year M.A. in MSTS program, students take three courses per quarter for a total of nine courses (36 units). Students admitted for Fall 2014 will form the program’s first cohort and will be enrolled in courses with current Ph.D. and possibly B.A. students.

The M.A. in MSTS is the only terminal M.A. degree offered by the Department of Anthropology. Although the degree will provide students with skills they can use in future academic study, completion of the M.A. in MSTS does not guarantee admission into the Ph.D. program.

Deadlines and When to Apply

New M.A. in MSTS students are admitted to the program for the Fall quarter only. Accordingly, we encourage all prospective graduate students to begin the application process early to ensure ample time for the collection of all required materials.

All applicants for the M.A. in MSTS program must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions. Paper applications are no longer used.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 15. Applications filed and completed before March 1 will be reviewed for admissions.

Current UCI doctoral students who wish to earn the M.A. in MSTS in addition to a doctoral degree do not need to apply separately.  For more information , see Concurrent Enrollment.

Application Requirements and Procedures

Successful applicants to the M.A. in MSTS program should have a B.A. or B.S. degree and will have demonstrated strong intellectual capabilities and creativity in their undergraduate careers. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for admission is 3.0 on a four-point scale (or equivalent). However, most competitive applicants typically report a GPA at or above 3.5.

Applicants are not required to have prior training in anthropology or any field of medicine, science, and technology, although successful applicants are likely to have experience in one or more of these areas.

All applicants for the M.A. in MSTS program must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions. Paper applications are no longer used.

Materials that cannot be uploaded directly to the online application (this includes transcripts and the writing sample) can be sent as PDF documents to socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu; they will be uploaded for you. Transcripts can also be mailed to:

Attention: Graduate Admissions (Anthropology, MSTS)
Social Sciences Graduate Affairs Office
University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

The following application materials are required:

1. A completed online graduate application and non-refundable application fee.

2. A Statement of Purpose (1-3 pages). The statement of purpose is one of the most important parts of the application and is usually the first thing read by members of the admissions committee. Ingeneral, it should answer questions such as the following (these are suggestions, not requirements): Why are you interested in the MSTS program? What types of issues do you intend to study? What are your short-term and long-term academic, professional, and career goals and how will the MSTS program help you achieve them? What relevant academic background or other experience do you bring to the program?

3. A writing sample. Only one writing sample should be provided. It cannot be submitted via the application portal; email it as a PDF to socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu. Although there are no mandatory length requirements for the writing sample, they are typically between 8,000-10,000 words.

4. Two sets of official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. The official UCI campus requirement is that applicants provide two official copies of each post-secondary school transcript. These transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing school to the UCI program to which the candidate is applying for admission. However, the Department of Anthropology and School of Social Sciences, recognizing the cost and labor involved in obtaining transcripts, allows applicants to initially provide just one unofficial copy of relevant transcripts. These unofficial transcripts should be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office at your previous institutions, either through the mail to the postal address above or as PDF attachments to socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu. Please note that while these unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission consideration, they are not acceptable for matriculation. If you are offered and accept admission to the M.A. in MSTS program, an official set of transcripts will be required prior to matriculation.

5. Three letters of recommendation.

6. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report. See GRE and TOEFL/IELTS.

7. TOEFL or IELTS score reports. 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. For more information, see GRE and TOEFL/IELTS.

8. OPTIONAL: Personal History Statement. The online application system provides an option for you to submit a “Personal History Statement.” This Personal History Statement, separate from the Statement of Purpose, is required if you wish to be considered for an application fee waiver. If you do not wish to file a separate Personal History Statement, enter “See Statement of Purpose” in the box in the online application in which the Personal History Statement would normally be entered.

Current UCI doctoral students who wish to earn the M.A. in MSTS in addition to a Ph.D. or other professional degree do not need to apply for separate admission. For more information, see Concurrent Enrollment.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

The University of California's current fee and tuition rates are published online

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 (although the M.A. in MSTS is only a one-year program). The required "procedures of intent" are outlined here: www.reg.uci.edu/residency/classification.html.

Financial Support

Most Master’s students are self-funded. Financial assistance based on need (loans, primarily) is available to qualifying student applicants through UCI Financial Aid & Scholarships. Subject to limited availability, M.A. in MSTS students may apply for part-time Teaching Assistant positions.

All students applying for need-based financial aid are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible to apply for federal need-based financial aid.

Further information on assistantships and funding resources can be found here.
 

GRE and TOEFL/IELTS

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants for the M.A. in MSTS program. 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.

GRE test results are valid for only five years.

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 550 on the paper-based test or 80/120 on the TOEFL(-ibT) is required for admission, while a minimum sub-score of 26/30 on the Speaking component of the test is needed to qualify for Teaching Assistant positions. We cannot waive 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 consideration for Teaching Assistant positions.

TOEFL-ibt or IELTS test scores are valid for only two years.

Concurrent Enrollment

The M.A. in MSTS may be earned as an interim step towards the doctoral degree for enrolled students in any of the Social Sciences’ various doctoral programs and for students in select, allied schools on campus, such as Nursing, Humanities, Medicine, Social Ecology, and the program in Public Health.

Current doctoral students do not need to apply for separate admission to the M.A. in MSTS program. Instead, they declare their intent to complete the M.A. by applying for M.A. in MSTS advancement to candidacy at least one quarter before the anticipated M.A. degree quarter. Advancement to candidacy for the M.A. in MSTS is subject to approval by the Dean of the candidate’s home school.

Enrolled students undertaking the program as an interim step to a doctoral degree may begin at any time during the academic year and are not bound by the single-year, three-term structure followed by students earning the M.A. as a terminal degree.

All students intending to complete the M.A. in MSTS program (including current Ph.D. students) must successfully complete the comprehensive exam.

Please note that the M.A. in Social Sciences (Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies) degree is a separate program from the Graduate Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology. Both programs build on the research strengths of faculty in the Department of Anthropology. The Specialization is available to current Ph.D. students only and requires the completion of four courses. After completing the Ph.D. requirements of their home departments, students may append “Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology” to their curricula vitae. The M.A. in MSTS is a more extensive degree program that requires the completion of nine courses and a comprehensive exam. The degree is available as either a one-year terminal Master’s program or as a degree earned along the way to a doctoral degree.


 

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