How to Apply for Graduate Study
M.A. & Ph.D. Degrees
There is no separate admission for students seeking only a master's degree. Doctoral students normally receive a master's degree en route to the doctoral degree.
The open period for applications begins each November for admission the following fall. Potential applicants must apply on-line.
Before applying, interested prospective students are encouraged to review our program descriptions and the listing of faculty and their interests.
The deadline for the submission of admissions applications and associated materials for Fall Quarter 2013 is now closed. The tentative admissions deadline for Fall Quarter 2014 will be the first week of January.
GRE Institution and Program Codes
When taking the GRE, please have your test scores sent to the University of California San Diego, code 4836 and to code 1701 for Anthropology
Minimum College GPA
General university regulations require a minimum college GPA of B (3.0). The department itself has no separate requirement. Few if any of our accepted students in recent years have had a GPA below B+, however. Many applicants have straight As in their undergraduate anthropology classes.
Minimum TOEFL Score
(for international students who are not native speakers of English)
In general, the department has regarded a TOEFL score of 80 as representing the minimum English competence at which a student can function successfully in our program.
Students from non-Anglophone countries are required to take a test of spoken English after their arrival on campus before they are permitted to accept a position as teaching assistant.
Required College Major
A college major in anthropology is not required, although it is usual. We have had successful graduate students with undergraduate backgrounds in a wide range of fields.
The department has no policy either favoring or discouraging applications from present UCSD undergraduates. However some faculty members do believe that it is in a student's best interest to change schools for graduate study.
The choice of a graduate program depends on your academic interests and goals, and may or may not include UCSD as an appropriate graduate school for you. Feel free to discuss your plans with the graduate adviser or other faculty members.
Graduate Program Coordinator