Admissions Process


On Monday, November 14, we will be holding a visiting day for those interested in applying to the Social Documentation M.A. program.  There will be a short greeting and introduction to the program by the M.A. director of graduate studies, a meet and greet with some of the current students, a tour of the facilities, and an opportunity to sit in on a class as well as time to speak with available faculty.

Please email to reserve your space for visiting day.

2016-17 Application Cycle: Online applications for the program will become available beginning Ocotber 1. The deadline for applications for enrollment in Fall 2017 is Sunday, January 15th 2017.

For more information about UCSC applications, consult the Graduate Division website and their Application Instructions for UCSC Graduate Studies Applicants.

Application Requirements

Please refer to the UCSC Graduate Division to begin the admissions process and to review guidelines for admission to graduate study at UCSC. Students must submit a finalized application using the Online Applications Process by the deadeline to be considered for entrance into the program the following September.

A complete application for the Social Documentation Program includes the general UCSC graduate admissions requirements, with the exception that we do not require the GRE. In addition to the general university requirements, the department requires the following supplemental information:

  • An analytical writing sample (a research paper, professional report, substantial essay, or published work)
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A sample of your documentary production work (a video or sound recording, oral history, ethnographic essay, photographic essay, or web page). The preferred format for submission of production work is via web, but hardcopy versions may be accepted in some cases. Documents will not be returned. If you are able to, please provide URLs to publications and documentary productions in your application. You must mail any hard copies of sample production materials (DVDs, CDs, portfolios, etc.) directly to the department.

A project description of the work that you propose to carry out while in the program: It should specify the subject, individual, or targeted issue. This is one of the most important factors in selecting students, so please give it considerable care and check to ascertain that it fits the parameters of the SocDoc Program.

Please do not submit any application materials to the Graduate Division or the department outside of the open application period. These materials will be discarded and will not be reviewed.