Current UCSB undergraduates interested in pursuing their graduate work at UCSB may qualify for the following programs that allow completion of both the UCSB bachelor's degree and master's degree within a five-year period.

List of five-year degree programs at UC Santa Barbara

  • B.S. and M.S. in Actuarial Science
  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MCDB), Cell and Developmental Biology (MCDB), Microbiology (MCDB), Pharmacology (MCDB), Chemistry (CHEM), or Biochemistry (CHEM) and M.S. in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
  • B.S. in Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Materials
  • B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Materials
  • B.A. in Chinese or Japanese and M.A. in Asian Studies
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science (College of Engineering)
  • B.S. in Computing (College of Creative Studies) and M.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S. and M.S. in Earth Science
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. in Pharmacology and M.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Sophomore (second) or junior (third) year, depending on the department:

  1. Learn about the program:Speak with your prospective department about requirements and program application instructions.
  2. Apply internally with your department: File an internal application directly with your department of interest. The department will notify you if you are accepted into the five-year program.

    Senior (fourth) year:
  3. Complete your Advancement and Curriculum Memos: At the beginning of the quarter before you intend to advance to graduate standing, meet with your department to discuss completing the Advancement Request Memo and Curriculum Memo with the appropriate college. If you plan to move to graduate standing beginning winter quarter, you should meet with your college advisor and complete these documents no later than November 1st; for spring quarter advancement, meet with your advisor no later than February 1st; and if you plan to move to graduate standing in the fall, meet with your advisor and complete these documents no later than May 1st
  4. Complete your online application: After completing the required memos with your department and college, your advisor will submit them the Graduate Division. If approved, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the Online Graduate Application. You must submit your application by the corresponding deadline in order to advance to graduate standing. 

    Winter: November 15 
    Spring: February 15 
    Fall: May 15

    When completing the online application, you may not need to provide materials that you have already given to the department as part of the internal application process. Coordinate with the Staff Graduate Program Advisor (GPA) in your department to ensure that materials are uploaded to your online application.
  5.  Do NOT pay the Application Fee: Students applying to five-year programs do not need to pay the Graduate Division's application fee. Instead, you must email the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions to notify her when you submit your application. Copy the departmental Staff Graduate Program Advisor (GPA) on your email. The online application fee will then be waived and your online application will be released to the department for review.

    After you Apply:
  6. Receive your Admissions Decision and Submit your SIR: After submitting your online application, the department will provide the Graduate Division with materials to process your application and a final admissions decision from the Dean of the Graduate Division will be released to you. To officially accept your offer of admission to the graduate program and advance to graduate standing, you must submit the online Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), located within your online application. Once you have submitted your SIR, you will be advanced to graduate standing