Current UCSB Graduate Students
Students who wish to add or transfer to an MFA or doctoral degree program (including adding a doctoral degree objective in their home department) must apply using the Online Graduate Application (eApp). By applying, students who add or change to a new MFA or doctoral program are eligible for central recruitment funding, including the International Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship (IDRF).
Current graduate students may only apply during the regular application cycle for the department. Applicants for winter or spring admission are not eligible for central recruitment funding, but may be eligible for other types of departmental funding. In cases where a terminal UCSB master's student has applied for and is admitted to an MFA or doctoral program that starts in the fall quarter, but finishes the master's degree in fall or winter of the previous year, the Graduate Division may consider an exception to move up the start date of the doctoral program so that there is no break in registration (the department must request this exception).
How to Apply
Please contact the department to which you wish to apply before submitting an application. A complete online application and all supporting documents must be submitted by the department's deadline in order to be considered for admission and fellowship support.
Begin your application by logging in with either the New Applicants or Existing Applicants (using the same email address you previously used to apply) option. Be sure to complete all sections of the application. We recommend that you also keep personal copies of all application materials.
Learn more about the parts of the online application here.
When Should a Current UCSB Grad Student NOT Apply?
Students who wish to add a master's degree objective or credential program must submit the Change of Degree Status Petition. Students who have allowed their registration to lapse must submit a Petition for Reinstatement. If you are submitting either type of petition, please contact Academic Services for assistance.