12 months
12852 USD/year
12852 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Anthropology at University of California, Santa Barbara is a medium-sized department with excellent faculty, high national visibility and a reputation for a first-rate graduate program. 


Each student contracts a unique course of study and research directed towards the understanding of human nature, culture and biology, past and present. There are three specializations in the M.A./Ph.D. program at the University of California, Santa Barbara: Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology and Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS). Further specialization is possible within each of these fields.


Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology and Integrative Anthropological Sciences (IAS)

Programme Structure

  • Applicants are admitted to the M.A./Ph.D. program with the expectation that they will meet the requirements for the M.A. degree and advance to complete the PhD degree. 
  • Applicants who have received their M.A. degree from another institution must demonstrate that they also meet the UCSB Department of Anthropology M.A. requirements and may be asked to complete courses and/or pass the appropriate comprehensive examination or assessment before advancing to Ph.D. candidacy. 
  • These determinations are made by faculty after the student is enrolled in the program, usually during the first or second year. Therefore, applicants wishing to pursue a Ph.D. will apply to the M.A./Ph.D. program.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) (submitted online)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online). Note: If submitted via postal mail, please attach required coversheets with applicant signature.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online).
  • Writing Sample (submitted online).
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Tuition Fee

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    12852 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12852 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12852 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Santa Barbara

1640 - 2480 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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