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Prospective students applying to our terminal Ph.D. Anthropology program are encouraged to review our program requirementslisting of faculty and our current students' research.  



UCSD's Admissions for the 2021/2022 term is closed.  Information about the 2022/23 term will be posted in July 2021. Applicants must apply and submit all requested documents online.  We only accept students during the Fall of each academic year.


Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the 2022/23 term will be posted in July 2021. 

Incomplete files and late applications will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all materials (application, TOEFL scores, letters of recommendation and transcripts) are received by the deadline.


Required Application Materials 

Submit the following items online at UC San Diego Graduate Admissions to be considered for Anthropology's PhD program:  

  1. *NEW* For the 2021/22 term the GRE requirement has been waived for Anthropology.  
  2. *NEW* In leiu of the GRE a writing sample is required 
    1. At least one sample of your academic writing. This may include publications, a full length research essay or term paper, or a set of shorter essays. Up to 3 writing samples accepted.
  3. Three letters of recommendations
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Statement of Purpose (1900 maximum word limit) addressing:
    1. What are your principle research interests and ultimate professional goals?
    2. What relevant preparation have you undertaken for graduate study in Anthropology (i.e. course work, field study, internship, etc)?
    3. How can the Anthropology program at UC San Diego help you realize your interests and goals?
  6. Transcripts from all college/university work
  7. English Proficiency Exams (international applicants only) A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.  The following test(s) are accepted: TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.
    1. Anthropology has regarded a TOEFL score of 85 as representing the minimum English competence at which a student can function successfully in our program.
  8. Application fee is $120 for US applicants and $140 for international applicants. An application fee waiver is available for applicants that meet the eligibility requirements.

Admission Results

We will notify students of our admission results at the beginning of February. 

Unfortunately, if you are not admitted we are not able to provide feedback to each applicant.  Part of our admission decision is which students are a good fit for our program based upon their research interest/goals.  If students are selected into our program they are assigned a Faculty Advisor to work with for their first two years.  If you are interested in working with a specific Faculty member it's recommended you contact them to see if your research interests are similar and if they are accepting graduate students. 


Minimum College GPA

General university regulations require a minimum college GPA of B (3.0).  Few if any of our accepted students in recent years have had a GPA below B+ average. Many applicants had straight As in their undergraduate anthropology courses.


Financial Support

Our graduate students receive financial support for up to five years.  For more information visit our Financial page.



For additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator: