The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering (BMSE) has the fundamental goal of providing Ph.D. training and education at the interface between the biological and physical sciences. This goal fits into a larger context of meeting the critical needs for trained scientists who can work as effective members of interdisciplinary teams to solve important problems in the public and private sectors. The program offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphasis in Bioengineering and Biomaterials. *Students will elect an emphasis in either Biochemistry & Molecular Biology or Biophysics & Bioengineering*. Given the increasing synergy between life sciences and engineering, particularly in areas of biotechnology and biomaterials, the time has come for the vigorous fusion of engineering and the basic molecular life sciences into a single curriculum. In this program barriers to interdisciplinary thinking, training and research at the interface between the life sciences, chemistry, physics and engineering have been removed.

Mailing Address

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ellison Hall, Room 2705
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9611

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • December 15, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, 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)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 109, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 630, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • 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.

Biophysics and Bioengineering (Ph.D. only); Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Ph.D. only)