Admissions for 2023 are now closed for our Culture and Performance Ph.D. program. The deadline was November 15, 2022. The application for the 2024-25 academic year will be live in early September 2023. Please wait until then to begin the application for Fall 2024! Data entered now will be lost for Fall 2024, and you will need to start over from the beginning.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
For the Ph.D. program in Culture and Performance, all applicants are required to follow the University's graduate admissions criteria and requirements.
In addition to the University's minimum requirements, all Culture and Performance Ph.D. applicants are expected to submit:
- A writing sample
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Please do not send your GRE scores because they will not be reviewed. Samples of creative work relevant to proposed graduate research are welcome but not required.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program also are normally expected to hold a master's degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university. Applicants for the Ph.D. without an M.A. degree in a related field will fulfill our department’s M.A. requirements while working toward their Ph.D. The program requires full-time attendance.
The Department does not offer a terminal M.A. in Culture and Performance. A master's degree is not required to apply or to enter our program.
November 15th of the year prior to entry is the official deadline for filing an application for fall quarter enrollment. This applies to all Ph.D. applicants to the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Applicants are required to apply online using the application form on the Graduate Division website. Review of applications that are not complete by the November 15th deadline cannot be guaranteed. Admission to the program is for fall quarter only. Students who are admitted but do not enroll may reapply, but are not guaranteed admission at a later date.
CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS DETAILS
Statement of Purpose
Applicants should submit one Statement of Purpose (1,500 word limit), which outlines how their personal and professional goals align with graduate training in our department. Applicants should feel free to describe previous experience and research as it applies to their academic goals, but the focus should be on the work that they hope to do as a graduate student in our department, as well as their future career goals. Chiefly, applicants should aim for specificity in their statements as well as use this opportunity to accentuate their clear writing skills. Keep in mind that this is a unique instance within the greater application to showcase originality in thought and action, and to illustrate not only aptitude as a student and professional, but as a passionate person at work in the world.
This section of the application is your chance to tell us what you want to do here in the Culture and Performance program. Describe your research interests in particular. What questions do you want to investigate in relation to what materials? What new knowledge and skills that apply to this interest area are you expecting to develop through graduate study in our program? Do you see evidence that the necessary resources are available at UCLA? Of course you should also address the topics given in the application materials: your purpose in applying, your area of specialization, your plans for future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may aid us in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study at UCLA.
Please review FAQs below for other information.
All applicants to our Ph.D. program must supply one writing sample. It is a very important part of your application materials. Typical writing samples include research papers, term papers, or Master's/M.Phil theses. Longer documents such as the latter might be excerpted or sent in full with specified sections to read. The applicant should ultimately choose the example that best demonstrates their writing abilities, research skills, and capacities for critical thinking. It is taken as a strong indicator of a prospective student's ability to engage with scholarly materials. Writing samples should not exceed approximately 20-25 pages.
We are looking for high quality in whatever genre is submitted. We would be particularly interested in writing that demonstrates the kind of research, analysis, and synthesis that is essential in the scholarly aspects of our doctoral program. But, if you feel your best writing falls into other genre categories, you might consider a portfolio approach to provide a good sense of the character and range of your writing skills.
While we prefer writing samples where the applicant is the sole author, we also recognize that collaborative authorship is a convention in many academic fields. If submitting a co-authored piece, the applicant should clearly specify their contributions to the project in terms of conceptualizing the framework and research questions, developing the methodology, gathering data, performing the analysis, and the writing process.
Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must provide three (3) letters of recommendation. The department would prefer to see at least one if not most of the letters of recommendation come from academic sources, such as previous professors. If you have colleagues, supervisors, non-academic instructors (such as dance teachers), etc. whom you believe can write you a strong letter of recommendation, you can choose to include them in your application materials for review. The letters should attest to your academic capabilities and your ability or potential to carry out a research project at the doctoral level.
UCLA ADMISSION APPLICATION REMINDERS
Please review additional requirements at University's graduate admissions criteria and requirements.
Requirements for International Applicants
For information about requirements for International applicants, please review UCLA Graduate Division International Applicants to Graduate School.
Students whose native language is not English or who did not receive their bachelor’s degree in an Anglophone country, must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA. This applies to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents as well as international applicants. If you are admitted, you may also be required to confirm your proficiency upon arrival. Submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of the application. Applications are not considered complete without the test scores. Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS test scores often takes several weeks, international students must schedule their examination no later than September in order to meet the Departmental deadlines. For further information about these requirements, please review UCLA Graduate Education English Requirements.
Entering students apply for fellowships in conjunction with their admission application. Nominations for campus-wide awards as well as Departmental support are made by faculty and forwarded to the necessary faculty committees for decision. Factors considered include academic strength, creative work, and in some cases, financial need. We are unable to speak about funding specifics until after determining admitted cohorts. Applicants are generally advised to apply for their desired graduate programs first and consider the financial costs of their options after admissions decisions are made.
UCLA Graduate Division provides a comprehensive Graduate Student Financial Support handbook to acquaint you with the range of opportunities to support graduate study at UCLA. The Graduate Division also provides a search database for additional opportunities. UCLA GRAPES allows you to search for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.
For federal financial aid, please visit the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for eligibility requirements, application, and additional information.
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