Feminist Studies is an interdisciplinary discipline that produces innovative research and fosters effective and creative teaching. Our faculty focus on the ways that relations of gender-intersecting with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other axes of difference-are embedded in social, political, and cultural formations. Our three broad areas of concentration are race and nation, genders and sexualities, and productive and reproductive labors. The Department is among a select group of universities offering a Ph.D. in this field for those interested in research and teaching at the university level. 

The independent M.A. program is on hold for admittance.


Mailing Address

Department of Feminist Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
4631 South Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7110


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-4330

Degree icon Degrees Offered
MA/Ph.D., Ph.D.

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only: December 13 (by 11:59 PM PST)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • Other required documents submitted online: Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, Résumé or CV, Writing Sample, and Supplemental Information Form (see http://www.femst.ucsb.edu/graduate/application for instructions)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted by reference writers)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended where 12.0 units or more were earned (uploaded to the application)
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • 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.

Global & International Studies, Writing Studies, Environmental Studies, & Black Studies


Race and Nation; Genders and Sexualities; Productive and Reproductive Labors