Graduate Program Overview
The UCLA Department of Anthropology offers both masters and doctoral degrees, but accepts only students who are seeking the Ph.D. as their ultimate degree objective; the M.A. is acquired as a step toward the doctorate. Admission to the Graduate Program is restricted to Fall Quarter.
Though M.A.-level students specialize in the area of their choice, they are expected to have a basic understanding of all four fields in anthropology (archaeology, biological, sociocultural, and linguistic). A series of "core courses" are offered for those who lack background in one or more fields. In addition to course work, a thesis, based on original research, is expected of all M.A. students to demonstrate their ability to generate and analyze data. Students entering with a master's degree in any field need not repeat this degree, but a basic knowledge of the four fields, as well as competence in a foreign language, is expected and required before beginning doctoral work.
At the doctoral level, students specialize more on their particular area(s) of interest than in one of the four subfields. Courses and research are tailored to personal interests and goals in consultation with faculty advisors. The doctoral dissertation is based on original research, typically involving fieldwork.
University of California, Los Angeles
Please note that the university no longer prints paper applications. All applications and relevant forms are online on the Graduate Division's webpage.
For all questions regarding the Anthropology graduate program, please contact the Graduate Advisor