The Department of Earth Science is renowned for involving students in cutting-edge research, often involving extensive field experience in exciting and remote locations. The department offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Science within a diverse array of specializations, including: geobiology, geochemistry, geochronology, geomorphology, geophysics, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleobiology, petrology, Quaternary geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, seismology, structural geology, and tectonics.

The Department of Earth Science adheres to the University of California Diversity Statement which emphasizes the importance of educating a diverse population.

Mailing Address
Department of Earth Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Webb Hall, Room 1006
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9630


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-3329

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only - January 4, 2021

Requirements Icon


  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, sample of your analytical writing (such as an assignment or term paper from a class you’ve taken), and Resume or CV (all material submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • 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.
  • International Applicants: Please send a pre-application email to the graduate program coordinator (, providing the following information: GPA, TOEFL score, degree objective (i.e. PhD or MS), area(s) of specialization, and name(s) of faculty you would like as principal advisor(s).