How to Apply

Application Procedures

All applicants must apply for admission electronically via the Graduate Division's Electric Application. Please carefully read these instructions to ensure that you correctly complete each section of the application. A non-refundable application fee of $90.00 for domestic applicants and $110.00 for international applicants by check, money order, bank draft, or international money order payable through a U.S. bank and made payable to "UC Regents" must accompany the application. Please note that applications cannot be processed until the application fee has been paid.

In order to complete the online application process, applicants must submit the following materials directly by uploading them into the UCSB Online Graduate Application:

  1. Statement of Purpose

  2. Personal Achievements/Contributions

  3. Resume or CV

  4. GRE Scores should be sent electronically to the Graduate Division using the Institution Code 4835. A department code is not required.

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will NOT require a GRE for applicants applying to the MA or PhD program in the Fall of 2022 (i.e. applying to be part of the entering class of Fall 2023).

  5. TOEFL or IELTS Scores should be submitted to the Graduate Division using Institution Code 4835. A department code is not required.

  6. Three Letters of Recommendation

  7. Transcripts
You are required to upload an official transcript created by your university (including the grading scale, which may be on the backside of the transcript). Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). You DO NOT need to send official transcripts to the department.
*International Applicants: All academic documents should be uploaded to the application in the native language along with authorized, complete, and exact, literal English translations by the school or an official agency. Unofficial copies made by the applicant or UC faculty and staff are unacceptable.