About the Graduate Division

The Graduate Division promotes excellence in graduate education and ensures our graduate students are successful and prepared for careers across the professional spectrum. Stellar graduate students attract world-class faculty, serve as mentors and teachers for undergraduates, conduct cutting-edge research, and go on to leadership positions in California, the United States, and the world.

The 2022 Grad Slam competition is now open!

We are excited to announce the opening of the 2022 UCSB Grad Slam competition cycle. This year, Grad Slam is combining the most successful elements from previous competitions, featuring virtual video submissions in the Qualifying Round and a live in-person Final Round. Graduate students are invited to submit their video for the competition’s Qualifying Round by February 1, 2022.

Learn more on the GradPost

Special Notice Concerning the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

For important updates on UC Santa Barbara campus safety precautions, return to campus protocols, and associated information from public health officials, please visit the UCSB COVID-19 information page, and the CDC COVID-19 website. You can also set up your mobile device to receive exposure notifications.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.

A Dynamic Environment 

Take a short video tour of key locations on campus for graduate students, with views of Isla Vista and Santa Barbara. 

Contact Admissions and Outreach for more.

Graduate research in action

Our graduate students discover novel ways of thinking, learning, teaching, and conducting research. Collaboration and innovation are essential to the pursuit of an advanced degree here at UC Santa Barbara, where we value individuality and creativity. 

Learn more about the UCSB experience:
Watch our #GradStories series 

"I am motivated every day to gradually improve in every aspect of my life as a graduate researcher, teaching assistant, mentor, and in my roles and activities outside of academia. This has allowed me to build an open, curious, and optimistic mindset that has served me well in grad school and beyond. I look forward to each day and the opportunities that it brings to become a better person."

Neeli Tummala
Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Researcher, RE TOUCH Lab 

Neeli Tummala, Ph.D. candidate for Electrical and Computer Engineering

"My values, family, community, being a life-long learner, and commitment to social justice motivate my aspirations in life. Pursuing a Ph.D. is beyond accomplishing a milestone but rather being able to be part of a movement that moves towards access and equity for minoritized communities."

Veronica Franco
Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology
APA Minority Fellow 2020 - 2021


Veronica Franco, PhD Student, CCSP