UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
Broida Hall 3019
Telephone: (805) 893-4567
E-mail: advisors@physics.ucsb.edu
Website: www.physics.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Claudio Campagnari

Graduate Program

The Physics graduate program consists of a PhD in Physics, which may optionally be with an Astrophysics emphasis. The requirements for these are linked below. In addition to departmental requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must fulfill the university requirements described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.


A candidate for admission to the Ph.D. program must present an undergraduate degree in physics, or its equivalent.  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections as well as the Advanced Subject in physics are not required and will not be accepted for Fall 2022 applicants. In addition to departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog. Further information on the graduate program, and a description of current research, can be found at: www.physics.ucsb.edu.

Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy - Physics (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy - Physics - Astrophysics Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Physics may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Bioengineering.

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