1. How do I obtain an application fee waiver?
US citizens and permanent residents may apply for a need-based fee waiver here. International applicants are not eligible for fee waivers.
2. What should my application for admission include?
Please visit the Admissions link.
3. May I apply through the mail rather than online?
The only way to apply is through the online campus application. In addition to the basic application, we ask that the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation be filed electronically as well.
4. Must I apply separately to the department, the School and the University for admission consideration?
No. Students apply directly to the department of choice through an electronic web server located in the Graduate Division in Central Administration. We do not require a separate application either to the School of Social Sciences or to the UC Irvine Graduate School.
5. How do I apply for financial support?
All applications for admission are automatically considered for intramural financial support. (Our faculty rarely offer admission without a corresponding financial support package). Applicants are not required to apply separately for financial support consideration. Applications who wish to apply for need based grants or loans will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) form through the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
6. Is there a required length or format for the Statement of Purpose?
No. In general a shorter statement is better received; candidates are urged to limit themselves to 750-1000 words (3-5 pages) with at least 500 usually needed to convey adequately one’s academic background, interest and goals. We do not require the statement to follow a set format. Applicants wishing to submit a Statement of Purpose larger than 1,000 words may do so with a PDF document addressed to socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu
7. I have transcripts in a language other than English. What should I do?
Please include with your transcripts an English translation provided either by the school issuing the transcripts or a translation service. We do not require that international transcripts be evaluated for US equivalency.
8. May I submit a resume and/or writing sample in support of my application?
A writing sample is required for applications to the School's Anthropology, Logic and Philosophy of Science (Philosophy), Political Science, and Sociology programs. (Our other programs do not require a writing sample, and there is no advantage or disadvantage in submitting one.)

The writing sample you submit should be recent, relevant and representative of your ability. (We do not require that you create a writing sample from scratch, specifically for your application!)  A document in the range of 15-20 pages for Anthropology, Political Science and Sociology, and 25-40 pages for Logic & Philosophy of Science, should suffice.

A resume may also be submitted, for any of our programs, but is required only for applications to Political Science.

Writing samples and resumes should be sent through the mail to the School of Social Sciences (attention: Graduate Admissions), or as a PDF document addressed to socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu,  for uploading into the on-line application for admission.

9. Are there any other supplemental materials I may submit to enhance my chances of being offered admission?
Not beyond the standard set of supplementary materials required. If additional material is desired, the applicant will be contacted by the Graduate Office staff or the appropriate graduate program director.
10. When may I apply for admission?
Applications for admission are accepted once a year for fall quarter only. We do not offer mid-year (winter or spring) admission.
11. Will my application for admission be reviewed by a committee of faculty or by support staff?
All applications are reviewed by the faculty and applications are not prescreened by support staff.
12. How will I know when my application is complete?
The School’s graduate application tracking system (GATS) allows applicants to follow the progress of the application for admission through the review process. A link to and instruction for using GATS will be sent via email at the time of application.
13. What are my chances of being admitted?
Admission to Social Sciences graduate programs is highly competitive. We receive many more applications than we have spaces available each year.
14. Do you have a waiting list for admission?
After first round admission offers are made, there may be subsequent offers of admission, depending upon the acceptance rate of those receiving a first round offer. Subsequent round offers, if made, are usually offered in the latter part of March.
15. When will I be notified of my admission status?
Admission decisions are made during February and early March, later for our two MA-only programs. Admission letters are usually sent before denial letters.
16. How are admissions decisions announced?
All applicants offered admission will receive a formal letter of acceptance signed by the dean of the School.
17. If I am not accepted, may I appeal the decision I received?
Applicants who are not accepted for admission may request reconsideration in writing addressed to the departmental graduate program director. However, these requests are very rarely approved. Applicants not offered admission may also reapply in the following year’s competition. Although a new application and fee will be required, the supplementary application material may be carried forward from one year to the next.

Still have questions? Please let us know; contact us at socsci.gradinfo@uci.edu. We will take your feedback into account when revising our lists of frequently asked questions.

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