Ethnic Studies Ph.D. Program Application Information

  • Ph.D Program Overview
  • UCSD Graduate Admission Application
  • Fellowships for Incoming Students
  • The Statement of Purpose (no more than 2500 words)
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores: The UC San Diego institution code is 4836.  Once received, the scores upload to your application(s) for departments to access.  There is no need to provide the department code(s) for ETS.
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended after high school must be uploaded to the online application; students who are admitted to the program will be required to submit official transcripts (to the UCSD Graduate Division) when they are admitted.
  • At least one writing sample (e.g., research paper) should 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.
  • Students interested in funding need to complete the San Diego Fellowship Statement on the application.
  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL scores. The UC San Diego institution code is 4836.
  • Admissions/Application requirements and info.
  • FAQ's
  • For questions about the UCSD Ethnic Studies Department, please email

Application & Admission

New students are admitted in the Fall quarter of each academic year.

The application period is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 admissions starting in September 2020. The Deadline to Apply will be January 6, 2021.

UCSD Official Application for Admission and Awards and the application fee are submitted through the UCSD Online Application Form.

Contact Information

Mailing Address UC San Diego
Ethnic Studies Department, 0522
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0522
Telephone 858.534.3276
Fax 858.534.8194