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 (Time-to-Degree: 3 years to advance to candidacy, 5 years to complete the Ph.D.)

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 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.