2023-2024 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Anthropology

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Anthropology


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2022

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation

3, preferably from anthropologists

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are required to submit a writing sample, a statement of purpose, and a resume/CV.

The department requires that two faculty members sponsor an applicant before admission is recommended. Prospective sponsors are canvassed by the Departmental Admissions Committee, but it is also appropriate for applicants to contact potential sponsors.

All applicants apply for the Ph.D. The M.A. is considered to be a step on the path to the Ph.D; initial admission to the graduate program is thus offered only to applicants intending to pursue the Ph.D.

A degree in anthropology isn ot required but is highly desirable. Applicants without a master's degree are expected to complete the M.A. en route to the Ph.D. Students who enter the graduate program with a master's degree, whether in anthropology or another major, are required to demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline before being permitted to begin the requirements for the doctorate.

Graduate students being readmitted to the program are subject to any changes in departmental policy and regulations that have been institutes since the last time they were enrolled in the Anthropology program.

Program Name


Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

Major Code



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