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Ethnic Studies

The department offers a PhD in Comparitive Ethnic Studies. Applicants must hold a Master's degree in ethnic studies or an affiliated field (as assessed by CU ethnic studies faculty). Although faculty may specialize in Africana, Chicana and Chicano, Asian American, and Native American studies, the aim of the PhD program is to provide students with broad training that enables them to research and analyze the intersectional and relational workings of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality in national and transnational contexts. Additional information about specific areas of faculty specialization and courses offered may be found on the department website at or by contacting the graduate program assistant at

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Requires a minimum of 30 hours advanced graduate course work (including allowable transfer credits) and a minimum of 30 dissertation hours (as required by the Graduate School), successful completion of a comprehensive examination, and successful defense of the doctoral dissertation.

Admissions Requirements: 

Research experience is highly recommended and writing skills, as demonstrated in the statement of purpose and writing sample, are highly valued.

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and a Master's degree in ethnic studies or an affiliate field from an accredited college or university, as above.
  2. Complete the University of Colorado Graduate School Online Application.
  3. Submit one unofficial transcript from each college or university attended.
  4. Submit GRE scores - verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. Institution code: 4841.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  6. Pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50 - either by credit card  with your online application or with a check made payable to the University of Colorado. The fee for international applicants is $70.
  7. Submit a scholarly writing sample (not to exceed 30 double spaced pages).
  8. Submit a statement of purpose (not to exceed 2000 words) to your application describing your past research or scholarly activities, teaching, and community engagement in Ethnic Studies or affiliated fields, and explaining your current research interests and how they align with the faculty expertise and mission of our department.
Financial Support: 

Financial support and tuition waivers may be offered to outstanding PhD students in the form of teaching assistantships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for national fellowships.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies
Fleming Suite 208
339 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0339

Phone: 303-492-8852
Fax: 303-492-7799