Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies (ET75)

The Department of Ethnic Studies is an inter-disciplinary social science department specializing in analytic, comparative, and theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and race. We offer a course of study designed to train advanced researchers to do inter-disciplinary original discovery scholarship in keeping with our efforts to influence and improve the quality of scholarship and teaching about race and ethnicity at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and around the world. We believe that a demanding, rigorous, and comprehensive graduate curriculum promoting expertise in analytic, comparative and inter-disciplinary studies of race and ethnicity will position our graduates to play an important role in our field in the years ahead.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Ethnic Studies
Major Ethnic Studies
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

At least one writing sample (e.g., research papers) must be uploaded to the online application as a PDF file. The writing sample should be no more than 15-30 pages of original research that demonstrates your writing ability and experience with scholarly research, ideally on a topic related to ethnic studies.

Application Deadlines January 5, 2022 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
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.

Statement of Purpose


Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit



Contact Info

Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Ethnic Studies Department, MC 0522
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0522