The Department of Anthropology offers a Masters of Arts concentration in the School of Social Sciences focused on Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies, informally known as the M.A. in MSTS. Students who complete the program will earn an M.A. in Social Sciences (Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies).
This degree is the only terminal M.A. degree in either medical anthropology or science and technology studies in the University of California system. The program recognizes that these two fields and the social phenomena they examine are inextricably linked, and flexible course offerings provide students with an opportunity to pursue projects that focus on either field or that bridge both areas of study.
Ethnographers of medicine, science, and technology are in high demand, and the M.A. in MSTS will enable students to respond to the significant and rapidly changing impact of medicine, science, and technology upon economies and societies around the world. The program helps to prepare students for a range of employment opportunities in academia, public health, technology industries, and the nonprofit sector.
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Academic Master's Program
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Applicants are not required to have prior training in anthropology or any field of medicine, science, and technology, although successful applicants are likely to have experience in one or more of these areas.
All applicants for the M.A. in MSTS program must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions. Paper applications are no longer used.
The following application materials are required:
1. A completed online graduate application and non-refundable application fee.
2. A Statement of Purpose (1-3 pages). The statement of purpose is one of the most important parts of the application and is usually the first thing read by members of the admissions committee. In general, it should answer questions such as the following (these are suggestions, not requirements): Why are you interested in the MSTS program? What types of issues do you intend to study? What are your short-term and long-term academic, professional, and career goals and how will the MSTS program help you achieve them? What relevant academic background or other experience do you bring to the program?
3. A writing sample. Only one writing sample should be provided. It cannot be submitted via the application portal; email it as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although there are no mandatory length requirements for the writing sample, they are typically between 8,000-10,000 words.
4. Two sets of official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. The official UCI campus requirement is that applicants provide two official copies of each post-secondary school transcript. These transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing school to the UCI program to which the candidate is applying for admission. However, the Department of Anthropology and School of Social Sciences, recognizing the cost and labor involved in obtaining transcripts, allows applicants to initially provide just one unofficial copy of relevant transcripts. Please note that while these unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission consideration, they are not acceptable for matriculation. If you are offered and accept admission to the M.A. in MSTS program, an official set of transcripts will be required prior to matriculation.
5. Three letters of recommendation.
6. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report. See GRE and TOEFL/IELTS.
7. TOEFL or IELTS score reports. The internet-based TOEFL(-ibT) is required of all international applicants except citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The test is also required of US permanent residents who did not attend four full years and graduate high school in the United States. For more information, see GRE and TOEFL/IELTS.
8. OPTIONAL: Personal History Statement. The online application system provides an option for you to submit a “Personal History Statement.” This Personal History Statement, separate from the Statement of Purpose, is required if you wish to be considered for an application fee waiver. If you do not wish to file a separate Personal History Statement, enter “See Statement of Purpose” in the box in the online application in which the Personal History Statement would normally be entered.
Current UCI doctoral students who wish to earn the M.A. in MSTS in addition to a Ph.D. or other professional degree do not need to apply for separate admission. For more information, see Concurrent Enrollment.
All students applying for need-based financial aid are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible to apply for federal need-based financial aid.
Further information on assistantships and funding resources can be found here.
Tuition & Fees
Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19
|Fall 2018||Winter 2019||Spring 2019||Annual|
|Student Services Fee||376.00||376.00||376.00||1,128.00|
|Assoc. Grad Students Fee||9.00||9.00||9.00||27.00|
|Student Center Fee||137.88||137.88||137.87||413.63|
|Bren Events Center Fee||23.00||23.00||23.00||69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||88.00||88.00||88.00||264.00|
|eTech Fee *||60.00||60.00||60.00||180.00|
|Document Fee †||80.00||0.00||0.00||80.00|
|Student Health Insurance||1,348.00||1,347.00||1,347.00||4,042.00|
|Total California Resident||$5,795.88||$5,794.88||$5,794.87||$17,385.63|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||5,034.00||5,034.00||5,034.00||15,102.00|
Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.
† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.
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