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 https://www.anth.ucsb.edu/graduate/prospective.
Please note: Applications for admission to the Department of Anthropology are not being accepted for 2021. The department anticipates accepting applications in fall 2021 for 2022 admission.