Physics Graduate Degree Program

Description

The UCSB Physics Department has outstanding resources for both experimental and theoretical research. The Physics building, Broida Hall, has unusually well-equipped laboratories engaged in a broad range of research in biophysics, condensed matter physics (including spintronics, nanotechnology, and quantum information science), and for the development and construction of innovative detector technologies in astrophysics and particle physics. A new, state of the art lab is also now being renovated for ultra cold atomic physics experiments.

A unique high-power, tunable, far-infrared free-electron laser is the center of a broad research program in terahertz phenomena. The California Nanosystems Institute, the Materials Research Laboratory, and Microsoft's Station Q are other key on-campus facilities with strong interactions with our graduate program and faculty. Off-campus research is performed at CERN (Geneva) and at special low-background laboratories designed for dark matter searches. Astrophysicists use the Keck telescopes in Hawaii, as well as a variety of other ground-based and space-based observing facilities. The Department has a strong association with the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, a worldwide network of telescopes that is now being constructed and is headquartered near the campus. The resources for theoretical physics are outstanding. The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), supported by the National Science Foundation, is located in a nearby building on campus. The Institute conducts research programs across a broad range of areas of astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, fundamental particle physics, nuclear physics, string theory, and gravity/relativity, inviting eminent physicists from around the world to participate in these programs for months at a time. As a center for theoretical study, the Institute also has a strong influence on the Department's graduate program.

The Department offers graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in physics and a Ph.D. in physics with an astrophysics emphasis. The key elements in the program are advanced graduate courses and research conducted by students under the close supervision of a faculty thesis advisor.

General Information

Website http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/
Address Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Broida Hall, Room 3019
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530
(USA)
Phone (805) 893-4646
Email gradapp@physics.ucsb.edu
Degrees Offered Ph.D.
Requirements
  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • In the Degree Program section of the online application, indicate ONE or TWO primary areas of interest from the following list, ordered by area of preference (Select this information in the Area of Research Interest Menu):
  • astrophysics
  • atomic, molecular & optical physics
  • biophysics/soft condensed matter/complex systems
  • condensed matter experiment
  • condensed matter theory
  • gravitational physics
  • high energy experiment
  • or high energy theory
  • 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
  • GRE Physics subject test score (optional for applicants whose first primary area of interest is astrophysics)
  • 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, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
Emphases Astrophysics (Ph.D. only)
Specializations N/A
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      • Address
        • Department of Physics
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          Broida Hall, Room 3019 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530
          (USA)
      • Phone
        • (805) 893-4646
      • Degrees Offered
        • Ph.D.
      • Requirements
          • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
          • In the Degree Program section of the online application, indicate ONE or TWO primary areas of interest from the following list, ordered by area of preference (Select this information in the Area of Research Interest Menu):
          • astrophysics
          • atomic, molecular & optical physics
          • biophysics/soft condensed matter/complex systems
          • condensed matter experiment
          • condensed matter theory
          • gravitational physics
          • high energy experiment
          • or high energy theory
          • 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
          • GRE Physics subject test score (optional for applicants whose first primary area of interest is astrophysics)
          • 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, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
      • Emphases
        • Astrophysics (Ph.D. only)
      • Specializations
          N/A