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The Anthropology program offers a Doctoral degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

See the test score requirements for this program.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • Résumé

  • Writing Sample:

    • A Writing Sample (i.e., a term paper or chapter from your B.A. or M.A. thesis) of no more than 20 single-spaced pages. Please include your name in the footer of each page of your writing sample.

  • A Statement of Purpose is required:

    • Required of all applicants. Please describe your plans for graduate study and research, and for your future profession. Please also describe in detail why you have chosen to apply to the Anthropology Department at UC Santa Cruz: What about the department and the work of its faculty do you find compelling? How do you see the department, and particular faculty, contributing to your intellectual and professional growth? Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    • Recommended length is 2-4 single-spaced pages. Please be concise.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • Required of all applicants. This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support.

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. What brought you to apply to a PhD program, and to anthropology in particular? And how do you think anthropology might speak to questions of diversity, inclusion, and/or justice, both in the academy and beyond? Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

    • Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is 1-3 single-spaced pages. Please be concise.


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