Graduate Studies


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Consistently Top Ranked

Our graduate students are researchers who help make UCSB the #1 university in the world for research citation impact in engineering, among public universities, according to Leiden Rankings year after year.

#1 Materials Program in the World, several years running, US News, NRC

#2 Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, NRC

#5 Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, US News

Top 5 Echelon: All Graduate Programs at UCSB Engineering, NRC

Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs

Optional Emphasis Programs

Affiliated Graduate Programs

The UCSB Engineering Advantage

UCSB College of Engineering’s prestigious graduate programs are ranked the best in the nation, year after year. Our Materials graduate program has been ranked #1 in the nation for several years, according to many sources, among public universities. The National Research Council has ranked all of our engineering graduate programs in the nation’s Top 5. Major federally funded research centers with leading-edge facilities and labs, coupled with UCSB’s uniquely interdisciplinary environment, add to our top-ranked engineering graduate degree experience. Put plainly, this is the high-impact graduate experience you’re looking for.

Building on the university's strengths in biophysics, biomaterials, biomolecular discovery, and computational and experimental systems biology, UCSB launched a new Biological Engineering PhD program and graduate students will begin to matriculate in fall 2022. 

As a graduate student at UCSB Engineering, you will be involved in world-leading research in your field, with the perfect environment to go deeper into solving important problems, producing new technology, and evolving our fundamental knowledge of science and engineering.

Graduate Admissions

UCSB College of Engineering has prepared a general outline of the graduate admissions process. However, prospective students interested in graduate studies with UCSB Engineering should review the websites and specific procedures for the department they are interested in, as well at the UCSB Graduate Division site for complete graduate admissions information. Requirements for admission, research concentrations, and contact information vary from program to program.

UCSB Graduate Division

Visit the UCSB Graduate Division for information about graduate student admissions, financial aid, and other procedures and resources for all prospective and current graduate students.