Geography Graduate Degree Program

Description

The Department of Geography provides research-focused training for those seeking an interdisciplinary understanding of the world. It prepares students for careers in science and technology, government, teaching, and business; theoretical and applied work in geography; and conducting original research.

Areas of research specialization include:

  • Earth system science (atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, and terrestrial systems and their interactions);
  • Human geography (1. human spatial behavior, spatial decision making, and decision support, 2. urban and regional modeling, planning, and policy, 3. human movement and transportation systems, 4. migration, networks, and health, 5. resource and environmental management, 6. environmental ethics, and 7. human response to the changing environment);
  • Modeling, measurement, and computation (numerical modeling, spatial statistics, time series analysis, remote sensing, computational modeling, and database systems, including GIS and visualization).

Ph.D. students may add an optional interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS), or Technology and Society (CITS), Transportation, and Demography. Geography graduate students participate in major research centers at UCSB, including the Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb), the Earth Research Institute (ERI), the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economics Research (ISBER), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).

General Information

Website http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/graduates
Address Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ellison Hall, Room 1834
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
(USA)
Phone (805) 893-4929
Email grad_assistant@geog.ucsb.edu
Degrees Offered MA, MA/PhD, PhD
Requirements
  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • GRE General test scores
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • 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). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
Deadlines Fall Only - December 15, 2016 (by 11:59 PM PST)
Emphases Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Technology and Society, Transportation, and Demography (all Ph.D. only)
Specializations N/A
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      • Address
        • Department of Geography
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          Ellison Hall, Room 1834 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
          (USA)
      • Phone
        • (805) 893-4929
      • Degrees Offered
        • MA, MA/PhD, PhD
      • Requirements
          • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
          • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
          • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
          • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
          • GRE General test scores
          • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
          • 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). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
      • Pre-Application
        • No Pre-Application Necessary
      • Deadlines
        • Fall Only - December 15, 2016 (by 11:59 PM PST)
      • Emphases
        • Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Technology and Society, Transportation, and Demography (all Ph.D. only)
      • Specializations
          N/A