Marine Science is a field which encompasses many traditional disciplines including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. The program recognizes the intrinsic interdisciplinary nature of modern marine science and the necessity for cross-disciplinary, graduate-level training through a program which brings together more than 50 marine faculty located in nine departments on campus. The program emphasizes the understanding of the ocean as an integrated system. Students conduct research in areas such as biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, marine biology, paleoceanography, marine optics and remote sensing, ocean engineering, and marine policy.

Applicants to the Department must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work and who has agreed to supervise the student’s graduate training and thesis dissertation research. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that prospective students contact individual faculty members in the Program whose research interests coincide with their own and to list potential advisors on their application.

Marine Science encourages potential applicants to review materials at for guidance on how to apply and a description of the Program's application evaluation process, as certain elements of the online application are not used in reviewing applicants.

Mailing Address

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Life Sciences Building, Room 4314
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • December 15, 2023 (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)
  • 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
  • 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.