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Admission and Application

Applicants must have earned a BA, BS, MA or equivalent degree in any discipline in the humanities, arts or social sciences. 

To be admitted formally into the doctoral program, students must satisfactorily pass a department evaluation at the end of their first year of study; this includes students who entered with an M.A. from another institution.

How to Apply

Please go to the Graduate Division Prospective Students page for information for prospective students on the application process.

Applicants submit transcripts, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, aptitude scores from the Graduate Record Examination, and a sample of written work. In addition, an interview may be required.

Incoming students are admitted for fall quarter only.

Application checklist:

  1. The electronic application. Paper applications are no longer accepted at UCI.
  2. The Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement (in English) must be submitted online as part of the electronic application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (in English). Online submission preferred.
  4. The $90 application fee (or $110 for international students). Applicants applying electronically may use a Visa or Mastercard to pay the application fee. (Note that rates are current as of 08/28/2012. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions homepage to confirm the rates.)  
  5. One official transcript from each post-secondary institution previously attended (may be sent directly to the program from the Registrar’s office in a sealed envelope).
  6. A single paper or essay from a university or college course of not more than 20 pages (email submission to ctadmit@uci.edu).
  7. Official GRE General test scores. The institution code is 4859.
  8. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are also required for an applicant who is not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and whose primary language is not English. (A student may receive a waiver of the TOEFL if the student completed all of the requirements for the high school diploma, bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school where the requirements were completed.) There are no exceptions to this requirement. Please see here to learn more about this requirement.

Important Notice

The Ph.D. Program in Culture & Theory has suspended admissions for Fall 2017.

Writing Sample Instructions

Please submit the writing sample as a PDF document by email attachment to ctadmit@uci.edu. Name the file as follows: LastName_FirstName_Sample.pdf. Were Peter Anteater submitting a writing sample, his file would be named Anteater_Peter_Sample.pdf. You will receive an email acknowledgment that your writing sample was received. We will contact you if there are any issues with the file.

Please note: The ctadmit@uci.edu email address is used exclusively for submission of the writing sample.

Please send all paper application materials to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Culture and Theory Program
3000 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-6950