The Department of Geography offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research-focused training is provided for those seeking an interdisciplinary understanding of the world. It prepares students for careers in science and technology, government, teaching, and business; theoretical and applied work in geography; and conducting original research.
The Department of Geography has seven specific areas of strength:
- Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics
- Atmospheric and Climate Science
- Geoanalytics / Urban and Regional Science
- Ocean Sciences
- Population and Health
- Terrestrial Sciences
- Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D. students may add an optional interdisciplinary doctoral emphasis in Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Technology and Society, Demography, and Climate Science and Climate Change. Geography graduate students participate in major research centers at UCSB, including the Center for Spatial Studies, the Earth Research Institute, the Climate Hazards Center, the Broom Center for Demography, the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economics Research, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.