Anthropology (AN75)

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate training in sociocultural, psychological, linguistic, archaeology, and biological anthropology. The graduate program is designed to provide the theoretical background and the methodological skills necessary for a career in research and teaching anthropology at the university level, and for the application of anthropological knowledge to contemporary problems. It is assumed that all students enter with the goal of proceeding to the doctoral degree.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences

Sociocultural Anthropology; Archaeological Anthropology; Biological Anthropology; Linguistic Anthropology; Psychological/Medical Anthropology

Department Anthropology
Major Anthropology
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 8, 2019 (Fall 2019)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

3; department accepts online letters of recommendation

Statement of Purpose


Online Statement of Purpose only; 1900 max. word limit which address 3 concerns:
1. What are your principle research interests and ultimate professional goals?
2. What relevant preparation have you undertaken for graduate study in Anthropology (i.e. courses, field work, internship, etc.)?
3. How can the Anthropology program at UC San Diego help you realize your interests and goals?



Contact Info

Campus Office Social Science Building 210
Phone (858) 534-0107
Fax (858) 534-5946
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Anthropology Graduate Program
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0532
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0532