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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Department of Anthropology Ph.D. program at UCLA for 2018-19.  UCLA is transitioning to a new admissions system.  Although the Graduate Division is working hard to minimize disruptions to applicants and recommenders, we strongly suggest that you wait to submit your application until December 1st or later, once the new system is up and running. For the most current information on the status of the online admissions system, please go to: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/admission-application-for-graduate-admission/

If you started an online application prior to November 13th, Graduate Division is making every effort to migrate your existing materials to the new system. However, you may need to re-input some elements of your application.

The deadline for admissions for Anthropology is Friday, December 15th.  Please email Ann Walters at awalters@anthro.ucla.edu with any questions about the application process.


Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Anthropology at UCLA is committed to training the next generation of scholars in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology through training in cutting-edge theory and methods and cultivating opportunities for students to conduct original research. The Department invites applications for students targeting the Ph.D, with the masters degree as a stepping stone in the graduate education process.

As a member of the department of anthropology you will take classes that introduce you to the wide range of contemporary issues in anthropology. You will then develop a custom program of study that on the topics that will drive your research forward culminating in original dissertation research.

As a member of our small graduate cohort admitted each year, you will join a tight-knit and dynamic research community with research projects that span the globe and incorporate diverse media and methods in their work.  Departmental interest groups provide a rallying point for research that cross cuts not only the four fields of anthropology, but also many other domains in the physical and social sciences and humanities. Each interest group hosts a diverse selection of speakers from nationally and internationally acclaimed institutions each year creating a vibrant opportunity to participate in and shape the debate in issues critical to contemporary anthropology.

Research lies at the heart of the UCLA graduate student experience. The Department of Anthropology offers a high level of financial support for graduate student research and our students have been very successful in securing high-profile grants and fellowships from organizations such as the US National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation among others.

Recent graduates from the UCLA Anthropology program have taken jobs at prominent universities including Arizona State University, the University of California Davis, the University of California Irvine, the University of Chicago, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Kansas State University, Marlboro College, the University of Missouri, the University of North Carolina,Temple University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Please note that the university no longer prints paper applications. All applications and relevant forms are online on the Graduate Division's webpage.

University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate Admissions/Student and Academic Affairs
1255 Murphy Hall
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1428


For all questions regarding the Anthropology graduate program, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Ann Walters.

Ann Walters, Graduate Advisor
UCLA Department of Anthropology
341 Haines Hall - Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553


For more information about biological anthropology for applying students, visit the UCLA Bioanthro website.