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

Five-Year Program Timeline

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

  1. Learn about the program: Speak with your prospective graduate 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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

After you Apply:

  1. Receive your Admissions Decision: 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.
  2. Submit your SIR: To officially accept your offer of admission 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.  

Important Dates and Deadlines 

The Graduate Division online application must be submitted by deadline for the quarter that you intend to advance to graduate standing. To ensure that your application can be accepted, the Advancement and Curriculum Memos must be completed at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.  

  • Fall Application Deadline: May 15 (complete Advancement and Curriculum Memos by May 1)
  • Winter Application Deadline: November 15 (complete Advancement and Curriculum Memos by November1)
  • Spring Application Deadline: February 15 complete Advancement and Curriculum Memos by February 1)

Five-year program students may not advance to graduate standing for summer quarter. Please contact your department directly for internal application deadlines (submitted in the second or third year of your undergraduate program) and other important dates.