The Department of Communication is designed to provide a theoretical understanding of the process of human communication. Graduate training is broadly based in the social sciences, with emphases in three primary research areas: interpersonal communication, media communication, and organizational communication. The curriculum provides students with essential preparation in theory construction, analysis, and research methodologies for conducting original scholarship in communication. Doctoral students may add an interdisciplinary focus in Black Studies, Cognitive Science, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Language, Interaction & Social Organization, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, or Technology & Society.

The Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers advanced study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. A terminal M.A. program is not offered.

Mailing Address

Department of Communication
University of California, Santa Barbara
4101 Social Sciences and Media Studies
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only: December 15, 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)
  • Writing sample (Submitted in the online application)
  • Unofficial 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)
  • 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.

Black Studies, Cognitive Science; Global Studies; Feminist Studies; Language, Interaction, & Social Organization; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences; Technology & Society (All Ph.D. only)