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For Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle

Culture and Theory is a proud participant of the Black Studies Cluster. Read more about the Cluster here.

Application Deadline
: January 16, 2022

The application/admissions process occurs only once a year for Fall Quarter admission only via an online application. The online application is centrally run by UCI Graduate Division. Should any issues arise with the application, contact their office directly at

Application Fees:

$120 US Citizens, US Permanent Residents
$140 International Residents


Applicants must have earned a B.A., B.S., M.A. or equivalent degree in any discipline in the humanities, arts or social sciences.

To be admitted formally into the doctoral program, students must satisfactorily pass a department evaluation at the end of their first year of study; this includes students who entered with an M.A. from another institution.

Application Checklist:

The Program in Culture & Theory requires the submission of the following materials, in addition to the UCI graduate application, in order your application to be considered complete. All materials must be received by the application deadline, including letters of recommendation. There will be no upload option with the online application.

  1. Unofficial Transcripts of All College Level Work (Electronic Submission)
  2. One copy of TOEFL scores (Electronic Submission) - This applies only to International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language.
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation (Electronic Submission) - Letters of Recommendation must be submitted online through the application system. 
  4. One Writing Sample (Electronic Submission) - No more than 20 pages in length. Any paper or essay from a university or college course is acceptable.