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.

An Important Reminder for Graduate Students

Graduate students and faculty and staff members may use either the employee Daily Covid-19 Screening Survey, or the single-use On Demand online survey. Those with a UCSBNetID can enroll in the employee Daily Survey. Others, including visitors and non-campus affiliates, can use the On Demand screening survey.

For more information on Return to Campus guidelines, please visit the UCSB Return to Campus Requirements page.

Return to Campus GIF

Special Notice Concerning the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

  • The Graduate Division has created a series of COVID-19 FAQs that address issues related to graduate student academics, productivity, funding, time-to-degree, and more.
  • For important updates on UC Santa Barbara campus safety precautions and associated information from public health officials, please visit the UCSB COVID-19 information page, and the CDC COVID-19 website.

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:
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"I chose UCSB because it felt like home. In addition to participating in world-class research, I was excited to join the community of kind, inclusive, and intelligent people at this institution."

Anthony Osuna 
Ph.D. Student

Clinical Psychology

Anthony Osuna, Graduate Student

"It was incredibly important while pursuing a Ph.D. I would be allowed freedom to grow creatively in my interdisciplinary scholarship. Getting to know UCSB's strong spirit of collaboration across departments assured me of my choice."

Xochitl Clare
Ph.D. Student

Ecology Evolution, and Marine Biology


Xochitl Clare, Ph.D. Student