1. How do I apply for admission?  

We use an online application for admission available at the Graduate Division.

2. May I apply with a paper application instead of online?  

No, all applications for admission must be filed online. We no longer use a paper application.

3. Is there a fee to apply for admission?  

Yes, the required fee of US$120 for US citizens and permanent residents and US$140 for international applicants, whether in the US or outside. Depending upon the applicant’s residency status, an application fee waiver may be available. Please visit the Graduate Division for additional information on how to pay fees. We cannot waive the application fee, for any reason, for international applicants. You will not be considered for admission if you file an application but neglect to pay the required fee.

4. Do you accept applications for the MA admission?  

No, but with three exceptions: M.A. programs in Demographics and Social Analysis (DASA), Medicine, Science and Technology Studies (MSTS), and Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE). With these three exceptions - all one-year programs - applications are accepted and admissions offers made only for Ph.D. level study.

5. Am I required to have completed an MA degree before applying for a Ph.D.?  

No, in fact, most applicants apply for a Ph.D. having only completed a Bachelor’s degree (Ph.D. students within the Social Sciences are, however, encouraged to complete the MA degree along the way to a Ph.D.).

6. Can I apply for more than one program at a time?  

Yes, however, separate and distinct applications and application fees are required.

7. When do applications open?  

September 1 for the following academic year.

8. When do applications close?  


Anthropology: December 2, 2020

Cognitive Science: December 1, 2020

Economics: December 15, 2020

Global Studies: December 1, 2020

Language Science: December 30, 2020

LPS: December 15, 2020

Political Science: December 1, 2020

Sociology: December 1, 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.

MSTS: not accepting applications this year

MA (social science) with concentration in Philosophy, Political Science & Economics (PPE): March 1, 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 aaceptance during the previous academic year (2020-21)

9. Do we have a system of rolling admissions?  

No. Ph.D. admission decisions are made beginning in early February, after all applications are received. First round MA (DASA and MSTS) admission decisions are made after March 1.

10. What are the GRE and TOEFL codes for UCI and the School of Social Sciences?  

Please use both the UC Irvine institution code and a program code when ordering score reports from ETS.

Institution Code: 4859

Program Codes

Program GRE (4 digit code) TOEFL (2 digit code)
Cognitive Science
Language Sciences
MSTS 2299 80
Political Science
11. I took the GMAT instead of the GRE. May I use that score instead?

No, we are unable to accept GMAT scores, LSAT scores, or GRE (Subject Test) scores in place of the General Test requirement. We do not waive our GRE requirement for applicants who have already completed a Master’s degree.

12. Can the TOEFL requirement be waived for international students?

The School's TOEFL policy for US permanent residents and international applicants is here.

The internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-ibT) is required by the School of Social Sciences of all international applicants whose primary language is not English. (This requirement does not apply to citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom).

We cannot waive this requirement for admission and financial support consideration, even for those who hold or are completing an undergraduate or advanced degree in the United States.  However, an exception can be made for applicants who graduated high school in the United States after four full years of attendance. (In such cases, an official copy of the applicant's high school transcript must be submitted.) 

International applicants are required to submit language test scores with the application for admission.  US citizens are not required to provide TOEFL scores.

13. Are any other language tests required?

No, only the TOEFL-ibT--or, as an alternative, the English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam--is required.

For financial support consideration, the following minimum scores are required:

  • 26/30 on the speaking component of the TOEFL-ibT; or
  • 8/9 on the Speaking module of the IELTS exam.

Further information about UCI's TOEFL-ibT and IELTS requirement is available at the Graduate Division.

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