UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Degrees, Emphases, and Specializations

Graduate degrees at the University of California are granted upon completion of advanced academic study and research. Doctoral degree candidates are expected to participate in at least one independent research project, as are many master’s degree candidates.

Degree titles are posted on transcripts and diplomas for the eight graduate degrees conferred at UCSB:

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Closed to new applicants.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Environmental Science and Management (M.E.S.M.)
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
  • Master of Music (M.M.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)

Some departments offer unique interdisciplinary and/or interdepartmental emphases and specializations within a degree objective. An emphasis or specialization is a focused area of study that may be offered as a track within a department’s degree program, or as an optional interdisciplinary addition to an existing graduate degree program in one or more departments. An emphasis is noted on transcripts, but does not appear on diplomas. A specialization is not noted on the diploma or transcript.