graduate programs

UC Santa Barbara offers master’s degrees and Ph.D. tracks in diverse disciplines, with top programs in engineering, the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, and the arts. Many of our graduate programs are inherently interdisciplinary, such as Materials Science, Global and International Studies, and Media Arts and Technology.


We serve more than 3.000 graduate students 

For the current academic year, UC Santa Barbara has more than 3000 graduate students enrolled.


We have grants available for the graduate students

We give approximately 400 grants to individual students and 20 co-sponsorship grants to graduate student organizations.


We give 2 awards every academic year

As part of the Graduate Student Association mission, we recognize the teaching-15px; and service provided by and for graduate students. Each spring, we recognize the graduate students' teaching with the Excellence in Teaching Award and the university community's outstanding members, who unselfishly devoted themselves to the improvement of graduate student life, with the Dixon-Levy Service Award.

Yes, that's right! We have a pool table, a Bagel Hour, and Mosher Time

  • Every weekday — we provide free coffee in the GSA Lounge from 9 am to 5 pm. The pool table is available to play from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Each Wednesday — we host a Bagel Hour in the GSA Lounge with free bagels and coffee.
  • Each quarter — we organize Mosher Time at the Mosher Alumni House and provide free food and drinks.

50 years of existence 

Do you know the GSA was founded back in 1969?  

The oldest document we have on our records is dated from 1969 and is a minute of an ad hoc committee for creating the GSA.

Do you know you can book the GSA Lounge?

The GSA Lounge is open to all graduate students and campus-registered student groups or organizations that directly work with or benefit the graduate student body. Amenities include a balcony, a pool table, couches, tables, and chairs. It’s a great space to work, relax, or visit with fellow graduate students! Free coffee is provided for graduate students every weekday during the academic year.


The GSA is entitled to sit on a number of committees 

The GSA is entitled to sit on several committees to work on important issues that affect graduate students, such as housing, health insurance, student fees, etc.

+50 Graduate Representatives 

We have more than 50 graduate student representatives at the GSA voicing the graduate students' concerns in their home departments.