All materials should be sent to the following address:

University of California, Irvine
Humanities Office of Graduate Study
Attn: Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia
143 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697-3390

Writing Sample Instructions:

All writing samples must be sent electronically to by 11:45pm by the application deadline. All submissions must be PDF and saved as last name (space) first name (space) application ID number. You will be assigned an application ID number at the time you begin the online application process. Should email submission not be available to you, please contact Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor, to arrange other accommodations.

Krieger Hall

Admission and Application

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

The application/admissions process occurs only once a year for Fall Quarter admission only via an online application. The online application is centrally run by UCI Graduate Division. Should any issues arise with the application, contact their office directly at

Application Fees:

$105 US Citizens, US Permanent Residents
$125 International Residents


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.

Application Checklist:

The Program in Culture & Theory requires the submission of the following materials, in addition to the UCI graduate application, in order your application to be considered complete. All materials must be received by the application deadline, including letters of recommendation. There will be no upload option with the online application.
  1. GRE scores (Electronic Submission)
  2. Official Transcripts of All College Level Work (Submission by Mail)
  3. One copy of TOEFL scores (Electronic Submission) - This applies only to International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation (Electronic Submission) - Letters of Recommendation can be submitted online through the application system or sent directly to the Program.
  5. One Writing Sample (Email Submission) - No more than 20 pages in length. Any paper or essay from a university or college course is acceptable.