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UCSB Graduate Division

The UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division office is a central campus resource for students seeking admission for graduate degrees.

Preparing for Graduate Admissions


Before you visit or apply, understand the degree requirements for a PhD in Chemical Engineering at UCSB.  Please also check our FAQ for answers to common questions.


The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a PhD degree program.  Student fields of study draw on one or more of the following areas of research:

3. explore faculty mentors

The choice of a research advisor among the department faculty is likely to be the most important decision a student makes during the first year of graduate study. Students devote significant time investigating options during the Fall Quarter of their first year of study, and then join research groups at the end of that quarter. Generally, students are not permitted to choose an advisor before that time.  The department considers it essential that first-year graduate students investigate and educate themselves of available research areas and opportunities. 


Domestic and International Students residing in the United States that are admitted into our PhD program are invited to a graduate student recruitment event that takes place in late February and early March.

5. Apply for Admission

Review the UCSB Graduate Division admissions process, requirements, and deadlines.  We strongly urge prospective applicants to review the admissions page in detail, including all of the FAQs.

Financial Support and Fellowships

Read more about Chemical Engineering graduate tuition and financial support. The Department invites applications from keen students and offers a number of attractive fellowships and teaching and research assistantships.

Living in Santa Barbara

Consider the culture and logistics of moving to Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara/Goleta and South Coast region offers a robust environment for industry collaboration and technology start-ups. Many companies take root in Santa Barbara, fostered by UCSB alumni. On campus, graduate students enjoy UCSB’s tradition of open collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal campus with many cultural and recreational opportunities to augment student life. The overall environment is very supportive of scholarly and creative work. 
Considerations when moving to Santa Barbara for graduate school