Anthropology Graduate Degree Program

Description

The Department of Anthropology at UCSB is a medium-sized department with excellent faculty, high national visibility and a reputation for a first-rate graduate program. Each student contracts a unique course of study and research directed towards the understanding of human nature, culture and biology, past and present. There are three specializations in the M.A./Ph.D. program: Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology and Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS). Further specialization is possible within each of these fields.

(PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY terminal M.A. program offered in Anthropology is a specialization in North American Archaeology.)

Applicants are admitted to the M.A./Ph.D. program with the expectation that they will meet the requirements for the M.A. degree and advance to complete the PhD degree. Applicants who have received their M.A. degree from another institution must demonstrate that they also meet the UCSB Department of Anthropology M.A. requirements and may be asked to complete courses and/or pass the appropriate comprehensive examination or assessment before advancing to Ph.D. candidacy. These determinations are made by faculty after the student is enrolled in the program, usually during the first or second year. Therefore, applicants wishing to pursue a Ph.D. will apply to the M.A./Ph.D. program.

Please visit the Department website for specific information on application materials at http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/gradapplication.php.

General Information

Website http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/
Address Department of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, 2001
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3210
(USA)
Phone (805) 893-2516
Email gradadmissions@anth.ucsb.edu
Degrees Offered MA, MA/PhD
Requirements
  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) (submitted online)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online). Note: If submitted via postal mail, please attach required coversheets with applicant signature.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online).
  • GRE General test scores
  • TOEFL scores: 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • Writing Sample (submitted online). Please see http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/graduate/prospective for details.
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
Deadlines Fall Only - December 1 for the following academic year (by 11:59 PM PST)
Emphases Students may choose emphases under the advice of faculty members.
Specializations Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology and Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS)
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Program Job Placement View Job Placement Sheet
      • Address
        • Department of Anthropology
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          Humanities and Social Sciences Building, 2001 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3210
          (USA)
      • Phone
        • (805) 893-2516
      • Degrees Offered
        • MA, MA/PhD
      • Requirements
          • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
          • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) (submitted online)
          • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online). Note: If submitted via postal mail, please attach required coversheets with applicant signature.
          • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online).
          • GRE General test scores
          • TOEFL scores: 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
          • Writing Sample (submitted online). Please see http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/graduate/prospective for details.
          • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
      • Pre-Application
        • No Pre-Application Necessary
      • Deadlines
        • Fall Only - December 1 for the following academic year (by 11:59 PM PST)
      • Emphases
        • Students may choose emphases under the advice of faculty members.
      • Specializations
          Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology and Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS)