The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences trains experimental psychologists for research and teaching positions in academic settings and for research careers in the private sector. The graduate program offers a balance between theory-oriented and problem-oriented basic and applied research. Courses of study are designed to achieve scholarly and professional excellence in research and teaching. The Department has cultivated a tradition of carrying out empirically based research in contemporary experimental psychology with strong support for interdisciplinary approaches. Faculty offer vigorous training programs while carrying out research at the leading edge of several core areas of experimental psychology, including Cognition and Perception, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and Social Psychology.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is an experimental psychology program. If you are interested in counseling, clinical, and/or school psychology, please apply to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education's Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program.

Mailing Address

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
Psychology East (Building 251)
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9660


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-2793

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • December 1, 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)
  • Scholarly writing sample, preferably in APA format. No page limit (submitted in the online application).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • 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.

Bioengineering; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Neuroengineering; Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences; Technology and Society


Cognition, Perception & Cognitive Neuroscience; Developmental & Evolutionary Psychology; Neuroscience & Behavior; Social Psychology