What will I learn?

Computer science has produced numerous innovations that have significantly changed our lives, such as personal computers, the Internet, the web, social networks, smartphones, and tablets to name a few. And many others, such as wearable computing and self-driving vehicles, are on the horizon. The Computer Science Department’s graduate program is designed for preparing the future leaders of this exciting and dynamic discipline. The Computer Science Department offers an excellent environment for research and education in all major areas of computing. Through research, courses, and special topic seminars, graduate students have a high degree of interaction with the department's excellent, world-renowned faculty, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Course offerings in the graduate program reflect emphases in the computing foundations, systems, and applications. One of the most important aspects of the program is the wealth of 'hands-on' research opportunities for students. Graduate students have access to specialized research facilities in Bioinformatics, Cloud Computing, Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Architecture, Computer Science Education, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Databases, Foundations and Algorithms, Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Networking, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Security, Software Engineering, Wireless Networking, and Vision.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years to advance to candidacy, 6 years to complete the degree)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

Expected 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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