Fall 2021 Admissions Deferral

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program will proceed with our admissions process as normal during this Spring 2021, however, the next cohort of MA and PhD students will be deferred for one year and begin their studies in our program in Fall 2022 instead of Fall 2021. Successful applicants will be informed by late March 2021. We all look forward to returning to in-person education after the pandemic and we believe this deferral is in the best interests of our present and future students.

Students will be accepted for matriculation in the PhD Program on the Conservation of Material Culture (CMC) in alternate years (2022, 2024, etc.). Applications should be submitted online through UCLA Graduate Division. The requirements for admission are outlined on this page. For information on financial aid, fees, and other topics of interest to potential students, please read UCLA’s Graduate Division page for Prospective Students. International students should also read the Requirements for International Applicants. Individuals interested in applying are welcome to contact the program for additional information. The following is required and must be completed or submitted before your application can be reviewed:

Undergraduate Degree

A Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) and/or a Master’s degree (M.S. or M.A.) preferably in the fields of Conservation, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Life Sciences, Earth sciences, Visual Arts, Museum Studies, Information Technology and other relevant disciplines with minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 for a bachelor’s degree and 3.5 for a master’s degree. 

Course Prerequisites

A minimum of one academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) of study is required in each of the following areas:

  • Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, or Ethnography
  • Art History (studies in archaeological or ethnographic materials and/or traditions preferred)
  • General Chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (with lab)



Evidence of documented research experience in conservation will be accepted, but is not required, for Fall 2021 applications due to restrictions related to COVID-19.

A minimum of 400 hours of documented research or research-based practice in conservation or conservation related field is required for admission to the program.

Application for Graduate Admission 

Please visit Graduate Division to apply online. Note: In response to the question, “Name of Department or School which offers the program” indicate “Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials.”

Statement of Purpose 

Each applicant is required to submit a “Statement of Purpose” that describes his or her previous experience in conservation and related fields, plan of study, and professional goals.

Letters of Recommendation 

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted by each applicant. One letter must be from a supervisor in conservation or conservation-related field, and one must be from a former professor. 

Writing Sample 

Each applicant is required to supply a written sample of previous research in archaeology, anthropology, art history, conservation, the sciences, or related fields. This may be in the form of one or more publications, papers for college courses, conservation or research reports, etc. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Report

Results from the GRE test will not be required for Fall 2021 applications due to restrictions related to COVID-19.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts for all university work must be submitted with the application for admission.

TOEFL Scores (international applicants only)

Applicants for whom English is not the first language are required to submit TOEFL scores.

Foreign Language Requirement

There will be no foreign language requirement. English is the common language of the discipline. There is a requirement that every student be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.


Those applicants who reach the final stages of evaluation will be interviewed as part of the evaluation process.