The Department of Chemical Engineering offers graduate degrees in chemical engineering, with an emphasis on preparing students for future careers in research. Course and research requirements stress a broadly based education in chemical engineering, including materials science and bioengineering. Areas of research specialization include:

  • Biomaterials and bioengineering
  • Energy, catalysis, and reaction engineering
  • Complex fluids and polymers
  • Electronic and optical materials
  • Fluids and transport phenomena
  • Molecular thermodynamics and simulation
  • Process systems engineering
  • Surfaces and interfacial phenomena

The concentration of research activity in these fields reflects a deliberately chosen philosophy of emphasizing interdisciplinary activities that have broad impact. Our graduates find employment in both industry and academia. The typical preparation for graduate studies is an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. With strong justification and motivation, applicants will also be considered from the sciences, mathematics, and other engineering disciplines.

Mailing Address
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Engineering II, room 3357
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only - December 10, 2020 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • 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)
  • TOEFL scores 560 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 83 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.
Computational Science & Engineering, Bioengineering, Neuroengineering
Biomaterials and bioengineering, Energy, catalysis, and reaction engineering, Complex fluids and polymers, Electronic and optical materials, Fluids and transport phenomena, Molecular thermodynamics and simulation, Process systems engineering, Surfaces and interfacial phenomena