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Prospective Graduate Students Information


Our graduate program will transform you into a professional anthropologist skilled in research, teaching, policy, and administration.

You will be part of a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community. 

Our faculty consists of active research scholars with solid records of publication, conducting original research, obtaining extramural grants, and placing graduate students in regional, national, and international labor markets. 

We offer both master’s and doctorate degrees.      

How to Apply

  1. Meet general UCR requirements. See the details here
  2. By January 5 of the year you intend to register, please submit:
    1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school)
      1. Send them directly to us at the Department of Anthropology. If you send them to the Graduate Admissions Office, your application will be delayed. 
      2. If the highest degree you earned is from a foreign institution, please see the Required Academic Records from International Institutions.  
      3. For U.S. schools, a GPA of 3.2 or higher is considered acceptable for graduate admission.
    2. GRE scores
      1. A minimum combined score of 300 from the General Test is considered acceptable for graduate admission; however, scores less than 300 may be considered for applicants who are well rounded in other areas we consider.
      2.  The GRE institution code for UCR is 4839 and the Department of Anthropology code is 1701.
    3. Three letters of recommendation
      1. Letters should be written by people familiar with your potential for achieving academic and professional excellence.
      2. You will enter your recommender’s information directly in your application. They will be notified via email and given instructions on how to submit a letter. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicants file for review.
      3. Submitting more than three letters does not improve your standing as an applicant.
    4. One professional or term paper uploaded to the application as an example of your work
      1. Published papers with you as first author, a master’s thesis, an honor’s thesis or other independent research papers are acceptable. 
      2. You will upload these in the application (do not send them to the Department of Anthropology).
    5. A Statement of Purpose: Goals and Qualifications
      1. This is a brief statement (limit of 3,000 characters including spaces) about your research interests, experience and area of specialization and also why you chose UCR’s graduate program in anthropology. 
      2. It should include awards, prizes and honors, as well as any other pertinent work, field, or academic publication experience related to your goals.
    6. A Statement of Personal History
      1. This is a brief statement (limit of 3,000 characters including spaces) about how your personal background informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
      2.  Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges or opportunities relevant to your academic journey.
      3. Please include 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.

Please note: In addition to the above criteria, we consider the extent to which your interests coincide with the interests and strengths of our faculty. We provide research-oriented training and encourage a strong mentoring relationship between you and your faculty advisor. As such, shared interests matter. 

  1. Submit your official UCR Graduate School Application. The UCR Graduate Division can provide more information about the official application procedure.


  • We admit only during the fall quarter.
  • The deadline for admission is January 5 (this is not a postmark date; your application and all supplementary materials must be received by January 5). 
  • Only complete applications will be considered. 
  • You will be notified of your admission status in late March.

Get Funding

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Get Help 

João Costa Vargas
Professor and Graduate Advisor
(951) 827-7199

Tiara Caldwell
Graduate Affairs Assistant
(951) 827-6466 

Contact the UCR Graduate Division

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