UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

Division of Mathematics, Life, and Physical Sciences
4311 Life Sciences and Technology Building
Telephone: (805) 893-3511
Undergraduate Information: (805) 893-3052
Graduate Information: (805) 893-2979
Undergraduate e-mail: eemb-ugrad@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: eemb-gradasst@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Website: www.eemb.ucsb.edu/
Department Chair: Débora Iglesias-Rodriguez

Graduate Program

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB) offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Candidates for graduate degrees must meet university degree requirements found in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog as well as departmental requirements.


Applicants must fulfill general requirements for admission to graduate status. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is not required for applicants to the graduate program. Applicants whose native language is not English, are required to take either the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Exemptions to this requirement will be considered for those students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate education at an institution whose primary language of instruction is English. The minimum TOEFL score for consideration is 550 when taking the paper-based test (PBT),or 80 when taking the internet-based test (IBT). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is an Overall Band Score of 7 or higher. TOEFL or IELTS scores must not be more than two years old at the time of application to UCSB.

Applicants to the department must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests coincide with their own.

Applications are considered for fall admission and must be received with all supporting materials by December 1.

Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Plan 1 Thesis (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Plan 2 Exam (Requirements - PDF) 

Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in EEMB may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Bioengineering, Computational Science and Engineering (CSE is available to both Master's and Doctoral Students), Environment and Society.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.