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 2021 application deadlines:

Anthropology: December 2, 2020

Cognitive Science: December 1, 2020

Economics: December 15, 2020

Global Studies: December 1, 2020

Language Science: December 1, 2020

LPS: December 15, 2020

Political Science: December 1, 2020

Sociology: December 2, 2020

DASA: June 1, 2021, with applications by March 1, 2021 strongly preferred

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

MA (social science) with concentration in Philosophy, Political Science & Economics (PPE): April 15, 2021

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 (2020-21)


A note from the Graduate Division

UC Irvine evaluates applicants for admission to its graduate and professional programs holistically, meaning that we consider an applicant's combination of academic record, personal accomplishments, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and test scores in making our admissions decisions. UC Irvine will take into account the significant disruptions to students' undergraduate education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when reviewing applicants' transcripts and other admissions materials from the Winter and Spring 2020 terms. We understand that many institutions across the country instituted Pass/Not Pass and other grading policies during these terms. Thus, we will not penalize students for the adoption of Pass/Not Pass and other grading options during this period, whether the choices were made by institutions or by individual students. Our admissions evaluation will focus primarily on a student's academic performance prior to this period, and if applicable, following this period. What is most important is that applicants show appropriate evidence overall that they are prepared for the program to which they are applying.

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, MSTS, and PPE Master's degree programs, we accept applications for and make offers only for Ph.D. 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.


Application Process

We began accepting applications on September 1st, 2020 for Fall 2021 admission. (We do not accept applications for mid-year -- winter or spring -- admission)

The UCI campus uses a fully-online graduate application program, Slate. All applications and supplemental application materials are to be sent through Slate, by the applicant. Letters of recommendation will be submitted by recommenders through the application portal.

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

Domestic (US Citizens and Permanent Residents) Applications

  • Online application, statement of purpose and personal history statement (paper-based applications are neither available nor accepted)*
  • GRE (general test) scores, dated no earlier than December 2014
    • TOEFL(-ibt) score report, IELTS (for U.S. permanent residents who did not complete four years of high school in the United States), or IELTS Indicator Test
  • Transcripts or grade sheets - undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) - Official documents are required for each school attended following high school. Transcripts are to be uploaded by the applicant into the application portal.
  • 3 letters of recommendation, uploaded by recommenders into the application portal
  • Writing sample (required for Anthropology, Sociology, LPS [Philosophy] and Political Science only)
    • Current CV or resume (optional, not required)
  • US $120 application fee. Application fee waivers are available to eligible candidates and determined in the campus Graduate Division:

US 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, statement of purpose and personal history statement (paper-based applications are neither available nor accepted)*
  • GRE (general test) score report
  • TOEFL(-ibt) score report or IELTS, including applicants who hold an undergraduate or advanced degree from a U.S. college or university
  • 1 set 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 $140 application fee

*The Statement of Purpose, personal history statement, letters of recommendation, and writing sample will be submitted electronically as part of the online application--letters through the application portal, statement of purpose and writing sample as uploaded documents.

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


Track Your Application Status

Applications are submitted electronically through the campus Slate online system.


Admissions Decisions

Social Sciences does not have a rolling admission system. First round Ph.D. admissions offers are usually made in early-to 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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