The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is a broad field encompassing many diverse areas such as computers and digital systems, control, communications, electronics, signal processing, electromagnetics, electro-optics, physics of electronic devices, and device fabrication. As in most areas of engineering, knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences is combined with engineering fundamentals and applied to the theory, design, analysis, and implementation of devices and systems for the benefit of society. Graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in three major areas of specialization:

  • Computer Engineering (CE);
  • Communications, Control and Signal Processing (CCSP);
  • Electronic & Photonics (EP)

Mailing Address

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Harold Frank Hall, Room 1160
Attn: Graduate Program Coordinator
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560


Department Phone Number

Degree icon Degrees Offered

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Fall (MS, MS/PhD, PhD):

  • December 15, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST) - Financial support and admission consideration (MS, MS/PhD, PhD) 

Winter (PhD only):

  • November 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST) - Admission only (PhD)

Spring (PhD only):

  • January 3, 2024 (by 11:59 PM PST) - Admission only (PhD)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application:
  • ECE Graduate Studies Application Information page:
  • ECE Graduate Studies Frequently Asked Questions page:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and brief resume or CV of your academic career (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts with transcript legend (including the grading scale) from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Note: DO NOT include papers, technical reports, or copies of bachelor or master's theses as these will be discarded. A mention of their existence in your resume or CV is sufficient.
  • All required application materials must be received by the corresponding admission deadline in order for the application to be considered complete and evaluated.
  • 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.

Optional Ph.D. Emphasis in Computational Science & Engineering


Computer Engineering; Communications, Control and Signal Processing; Electronics & Photonics