FAQs

PhD applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis beginning in early December. Applicants will be contacted about interviewing or wait list status by the first of the year. Interviews will take place in early February. Wait listed students will be notified of a change in status throughout this period and may be asked to visit to interview. Most admission decisions will be finalized by the end of March or early April. We ask that applicants be patient during this period. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made on your application, and your Application Status Page will be updated with a decision letter.

Masters applications will be reviewed in early March and applicants will be notified by the end of April. 

The Statement of Purpose is a brief statement outlining your reasons for applying to our graduate program, particular area of specialization within the major field, past academic work and academic goals. You may also include names of UCSB EEMB faculty whose research field interests you most. Basically, we want to know why you want to pursue a graduate degree, how you know that (through your specific experiences), and why our program.

The Personal Achievements / Contributions Statement should describe aspects of your personal background, accomplishments or achievements that you feel are important in your contribution to a diverse population at UCSB. For example, include any economic challenges experienced while achieving higher education, any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to the diversity of the graduate group like fluency in other languages, experience in living in bicultural communities, academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect underserved segments of society or evidence of an intention to use the graduate degree toward serving disadvantaged individuals or populations.

The Graduate Division Admissions FAQ page has answers to questions about the online application, fees, test scores,admissions decisions and more.

For the PhD program, the deadline is December 4, 2017. For the Masters program, the deadline is February 26, 2017.

For new students, the completed application for admission automatically serves as the application for financial support. For continuing students, TAship requests are due before the start of Fall Quarter each year. 

Please see "How to Apply"