The School of Social Sciences invites applications for the fall quarter only. We do not make mid-year (winter or spring) admission offers. We encourage prospective students to begin the application process early to ensure ample time to assemble all required materials.

Complete application packets must be received by the department's application deadline in order to be fully considered for admission and financial support for fall quarter.

Fall 2017 application deadlines:

Anthropology: December 1st, 2016

Cognitive Science: December 1st, 2016

Economics: December 31st, 2016

LPS: January 1st, 2017

MBS: March 1st, 2017

Political Science: December 15th, 2016

Sociology: December 1st, 2016

DASA: June 1st, 2017, with applications by March 1st, 2017 strongly preferred

Applications for DASA Master's admission will reopen for six weeks beginning April 15th, after first-round applications close on March 1st.

MSTS: March 1st, 2017

MA (social science) with concentration in Philosophy, Political Science & Economics (PPE): March 1, 2017

Applicants are accepted only from currently-enrolled UCI fourth- and fifth-year undergraduate philosophy, political science or economics students, who were selected for preliminary PPE aaceptance during the previous academic year (2015-16)

 

 
   

Before You Apply

The first step in the application process involves choosing an area of study that is closely aligned with the applicant's background and academic interests and goals. When making this decision, you will want to keep in mind the following:

  • With the exception of DASA, MSTS, and PPE, we accept applications for and make admissions offers only to Ph.D. programs.
  • The application process should not be rushed. It takes time to put together a portfolio just as it takes time for faculty to properly evaluate the application materials. We highly encourage applicants to begin the process early.

Application Process

After determining the degree program that best suits your interests and future goals, you will then begin the formal application process for admission.

  • We began accepting applications on September 1st, 2016 for Fall 2017 admission.

The following items are required in support of each application for Ph.D. admission:

Domestic (US Citizens and Permanent Residents) Applications

  • Online application and statement of purpose (paper-based applications are neither available nor accepted)*
  • GRE (general test) score report
    • TOEFL(-ibt) score report or IELTS (for US permanent residents who did not complete high school in the United States)
  • 2 sets of transcripts or grade sheets; undergraduate and graduate (if applicable). Official documents are required.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (required for Anthropology, Sociology, LPS [Philosophy] and Political Science only)
    • Current CV or resume (optional, not required)
  • US $105 application fee. Application fee waivers are available to eligible candidates. Eligibility is determined in the campus Graduate Division: http://www.grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/fee-waivers.html

With few exceptions, permanent residents who do not hold a US college or university degree, and did not attend for four full years and graduate high school in the United States, are also required to submit a current TOEFL(-ibt) score.

International Applications

  • Online application and statement of purpose (paper-based applications are neither available nor accepted)*
  • GRE (general test) score report
  • TOEFL(-ibt) score report or IELTS
  • 2 sets of transcripts or grade sheets; undergraduate and graduate (if applicable). Official documents are required.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (required for Anthropology, Sociology, LPS [Philosophy], and Political Science only)
  • Current CV or resume (optional, not required)
  • US $125 application fee

*The Statement of Purpose, letters of recommendation, and writing sample may be submitted electronically as part of the online application--letters through the application portal, statement of purpose and writing sample as pdf document to <socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu>

**International applicants are required to submit language proficiency verification with the application for admission.

Track Your Application Status

The School of Social Sciences uses an online tracking system -GATS- that allows applicants to follow the progress of their application for admission once it's received on campus.

The tracking system is activated automatically by email to the address specified in your application when a paid application is received. The email introduction you will receive to the tracking system will provide further instructions.

Admissions Decisions

Social Sciences does not have a rolling admission system. All first round Ph.D. admissions offers are usually made in mid-February. A smaller number of additional admissions offers may be made in the latter part of February - early March. MA (DASA), (MSTS), and (PPE) offers are made after March 1st.

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