The Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara was conceptualized and built around one central precept: that research is most effective in a collaborative, multidisciplinary academic environment. The Department carries out research within and across the following areas:

  • Electronic/Photonic Materials
  • Functional and Quantum Materials
  • Macromolecular/Biomolecular Materials
  • Structural Materials

Programs of study and research can be individually tailored to accommodate research needs and student interest. All students are expected to take a departmental core sequence covering the fundamental concepts that underpin the understanding of the structure of materials, a sequence of courses in their major field generally focusing on the relationships between structure and properties, and electives selected from a wide range of graduate courses. The Department offers a wide menu of courses on advanced materials, including those of interest in critical technologies such as optoelectronics, energy storage, sustainable polymers, renewable energy, quantum information systems, and efficient propulsion systems. The curriculum also includes offerings in materials chemistry, synthesis and processing, advanced characterization, phase transformations and mechanics of materials.

Mailing Address

Materials Department
University of California, Santa Barbara
Engineering 2 Building, Room 1355
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines


  • December 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)


  • December 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)


  • December 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from referees who can attest to the ability of the student to excel in a rigorous academic program and in creative research (submitted online)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 100, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 600, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENT: Academic History Sheet (submitted in the online application)
  • 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.