What will I learn?

The Department of Earth Science is renowned for involving students in cutting-edge research, frequently including unmatched field experience. The department offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Science within a diverse array of specializations, including: biogeology, geochemistry, geochronology, geomorphology, geophysics, marine geophysics, paleo-climatology, paleo-oceanography, paleobiology, petrology, Quaternary geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, seismoacoustics, seismotectonics, structural geology and crustal evolution, and tectonics.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30.0 graduate units)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected October 2021


College of Engineering

Lagoon Road,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TEOFL score of 550.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

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).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.