The M.A./Ph.D. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies trains scholars as interdisciplinary researchers equipped to work from a broad range of perspectives, approaches, and methodologies. The curriculum examines the experiences of Chicana and Chicano communities through subfields that encompass history and narrativity, cultural production, and social processes. Among the first of its kind, this graduate program links theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community. Please note that the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies does not offer a terminal MA degree. Admission is into the doctorate program only.

Mailing Address

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
South Hall, Room 1714
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4120


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-5269

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only: December 22, 2022 (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)
  • 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)
  • Writing Sample (submitted in the online application)
  • 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.

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