Graduate Education

UC Santa Barbara is known for its interdisciplinary landscape and internationally-renowned research. The College of Letters and Science offers 57 master's and doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, including options for interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphases. These paths of study prepare graduate students for positions in academia, industry, and public life.

Special interdisciplinary projects involve faculty and student collaboration across the College, the College of Engineering, the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. For example, the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science is affiliated with nine departments and the Marine Science Institute. Created by faculty in the College of Letters and Science and the College of Engineering, the groundbreaking program in Media Arts and Technology offers an unparalleled opportunity to work at the frontiers of art, science, and technology.

Additionally, graduate students receive training as scholars, artists, researchers, and teachers through the more than 100 outstanding research units, centers, and institutes affiliated with the College and campus.

The graduate experience at UCSB emphasizes collaboration, research, and professional development. 

Graduate and postdoctoral researchers work with Chemistry Professor Martin Moskovits on new technology for solar energy.

Graduate and postdoctoral researchers work with Chemistry Professor Martin Moskovits on new technology for solar energy.

Student Misty Riddle presents her research during the Graduate Student Showcase. Photo by Patricia Marroquin.

Student Misty Riddle presents her research during the Graduate Student Showcase. Photo by Patricia Marroquin.