What will I learn?

The Materials Department was created and has grown around two basic concepts: to educate graduate students in advanced materials and to introduce them to novel ways of doing research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The Department offers specializations in the following areas: electronic materials, inorganic materials, macromolecular/biomolecular materials, and structural materials. Programs of study and research can be individually tailored to accommodate research needs and student interest. All students are expected to take a departmental core sequence covering the fundamental concepts that underpin the understanding of the structure of materials, a core sequence in their major field generally focusing on the relationships between structure and properties, and electives selected from a wide range of graduate courses. The department offers a wide menu of courses on advanced materials, including those of interest in critical technologies such as optoelectronics, thermoelectric, energy storage, renewable energy and efficient propulsion systems. The curriculum also includes offerings in materials chemistry, synthesis and processing, advanced characterization, phase transformations and mechanics of materials.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 42.0 units for MS degree; 5 years to complete the Ph.D.)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected January, March, September, October 2022


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 600 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 100 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.


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