We investigate the impacts our past and present have had on ourselves socially, physically, culturally, biologically and ecologically.

Please note that Fall 2021 Graduate Admission has been deferred.  

The Department of Anthropology will not be accepting graduate school applications for the 2021-22 academic year. The decision was not an easy one. We look forward to welcoming new students each year and believe anthropology is fundamental to addressing contemporary social issues, especially in these unstable times. However, as the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we have a primary responsibility to focus on supporting our current graduate students. We recognize that this may be disappointing to those who had plans on applying this year. We will resume accepting applications in Fall 2021 for the 2022-23 academic year.



The Department of Anthropology 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 understanding aspects of human nature, culture, and biology, past and present. Except for certain specializations within Archaeology where a terminal MA degree is offered, graduate students are admitted to an MA/PhD program in one of three fields: Archaeology, Integrative Anthropological Sciences, or Sociocultural Anthropology.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Karen Louise Schultz
Phone: (805) 893-2516  (disconnected during COVID pandemic, please email instead)
Office: HSSB 2001

Advising Hours

Monday - Friday
By Email Only until further notice due to COVID-19.


Faculty Graduate Advisor

Associate Professor
David Lawson


Degree Requirements

Students are held to the degree program guidelines in place the academic year they enter the graduate program.

Department Forms and Waivers

UCSB Graduate Division Forms and Resources

The following Doctoral Degree Forms, Petitions and Information are available here.
  • Form I - Nomination of Doctoral Committee
  • Form II - Report on Qualifying Exams (Comprehensive Exams)
  • From III - Report on Final Exam for PhD (Completion of all PhD requirements)
  • Form IIIA - Waiver of Final Exam for PhD (Waiver of Defense)
  • Changes in Doctoral Committee
  • Leave of Absence
  • In Absentia
  • Change of Degree Status
  • General Graduate Student Petition (Transfer Credit, UCSB Extension Course Credit, Waive Graduate Council Requirements, Dual Enrollment)
  • Reinstatement from Lapsed Status

Financial Support

Each Spring, the students and their faculty advisors complete a Student Annual Report (SAR) as a way to reflect on progess made over the ending academic year. These reports are then reviewed by the faculty to determine the merit and need-based awarding of Teaching Assistantships, Department Research Positions, and other monetary support for the following academic year.
Student Annual Report Form (SAR) (PDF) (DOC)
Additional Financial Support Resources:

Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA)

Watch this space for the latest news and information from the Anthropology Graduate Student Association.