Eligibility and Overview
Applicants should follow and meet all eligibility requirements as stated by the UC Irvine Graduate Division.
- Academic Qualifications (see "What is required to apply to UCI?")
- Additional Information for Prospective Students
Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher
We also entertain applications from students holding Master's degrees, again from a variety of disciplines. When the application dossiers are evaluated, the faculty will consider the relevance of the Master's degree to the student's proposed course of study at UC Irvine.
Students seeking to transfer out of a current graduate program into Visual Studies must follow the same application process as any only applicant. There is no transfer process.
The Program in Visual Studies only admits students who intend to complete the Ph.D. through our program at UC Irvine.
Students seeking a terminal Master's degree should not apply.
What does the application require and how do I submit it?
Applicants should fill out the online application through the UC Irvine Graduate Division and follow all application requirements.
Beyond the requirements of the university's application, the Program in Visual Studies expects all applicants to supply us with a sample of academic writing. For applicants who hold the B.A., this sample typically will take the form of a polished undergraduate research paper or senior thesis; for those with an M.A., a copy of the Master's thesis is expected.
Please submit the writing sample as a PDF document by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.