The School of Social Sciences accepts 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 considered for admission and financial support for fall quarter.

 Application Deadlines


Fall 2022


December 1, 2021

Cognitive Science
December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

Global Studies
December 1, 2021

Language Science
December 1, 2021

December 15, 2021

Political Science
December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021


Sociology MA (Demographic and Social Analysis): June 30, 2022, but applications are strongly preferred by March 1, 2022

First-round applications for DASA close on March 1, but will re-open for six weeks on April 15.

Social Science MA (Philosophy, Political Science & Economics): April 15, 2022

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 acceptance during the previous academic year (2021-22)


 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 the DASA and PPE Master's degree programs, we accept applications for and make offers only for PhD admission.
  • 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 application materials received. We highly encourage applicants to begin the process early.
  • Some PhD programs require the GRE in the upcoming admission cycle, while others do not. Please visit UCI Graduate Division for more information.
  • All graduate applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency for admissions consideration. Please see WHED's instructions on how to search for an institution. The English proficiency requirement for TAs can be found here. All graduate students, except those who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Health Education Database, are required to demonstrate oral English proficiency before they are appointed to Teaching Assistant or Teaching Associate titles. The aforementioned exception will apply only when the undergraduate degree has been earned within five years prior to admission to a graduate program at UCI.


 Application Process

We will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2021 for Fall 2022 admission.

The following items are required in support of each application for PhD and Master's degree admission:


 Admissions Decisions

  • The UCI School of Social Sciences does not have a rolling admission system.
  • Most PhD admissions decisions are offered in February. MA offers are made March-June.
  • PhD admission offers must be accepted by April 15.


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