The Materials Department was created and has grown around two basic concepts: to educate graduate students in advanced materials and to introduce them to novel ways of doing research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The Department offers specializations in the following areas: electronic materials, inorganic materials, macromolecular/biomolecular materials, and 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 core sequence 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, thermoelectrics, energy storage, renewable energy and efficient propulsion systems. The curriculum also includes offerings in materials chemistry, synthesis and processing, advanced characterization, phase transformations and mechanics of materials.

*Note, the Materials Department does not accept applicants seeking a terminal MS degree.*

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

Degree icon Degrees Offered
MS/PhD, PhD, MS*

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall - December 11, 2020 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • Winter - December 11, 2020 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • Spring - December 11, 2020 (by 11:59 PM PST)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, 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)
  • TOEFL scores 600 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 100 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • 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.