Admissions

What is the Minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Score Required? Are My Scores Competitive?

There is no minimum GRE scores required. However, we receive a large number of applications each year so as a guideline, we consider the following scores to be competitive.

  • Verbal: 80% or above
  • Quantitative: 80% or above
  • Writing Assessment: approximately 5.0+
  • Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 650 (paper-based: PBT) / 102 (internet-based: IBT)
  • Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: Overall band score of 7 or higher
  • Average GPA (US): approximately 3.80
What is My Application Status? Is My Application Complete?

Your application status is available online using the email address you used and the password you created when you started your application.

What is the Statement of Purpose?

The Statement of Purpose consists of three parts:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

There is no page length requirement for the three components of the Statement of Purpose.

Where Can I Get Answers to My Graduate Division Admissions and Application Questions?

The Graduate Division Admissions FAQ page has answers to questions about the online application, fees, test scores, admissions decisions and more.

When Will I Know if I Have Been Accepted to UCSB?

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis beginning in mid-December. Most admission decisions will be finalized by the end of March or early April. We ask that applicants be patient during this period. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made on your application, and your Application Status Page will be updated with a decision letter.

What is the Difference Between the Statement of Purpose (SoP) and the Personal Achievements / Contributions Statement?

Statement of Purpose

A brief statement outlining your reasons for undertaking our graduate program, particular area of specialization within the major field, past academic work and academic goals. You may also include names of UCSB EEMB faculty whose research field interests you most.

Personal Achievements / Contributions Statement

Should describe aspects of your personal background, accomplishments or achievements that you feel are important in your contribution to a diverse population at UCSB. For example, include any economic challenges experienced while achieving higher education, any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to the diversity of the graduate group like fluency in other languages, experience in living in bicultural communities, academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal or educational problems as they affect underserved segments of society or evidence of an intention to use the graduate degree toward serving disadvantaged individuals or populations.

When is the Application Deadline?

Our application deadline is December 15. All application materials must be received by this date in order for you to be considered for admission as well as for campus-wide fellowships and departmental financial support. We will grant a two week extension for receipt of GRE scores provided that all other materials have been received by the December 15 deadline.

When Will I Be Notified If I was Admitted to the Graduate Program?

Notifications Spring and Summer

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology is a mentor based program thus admissions consideration is determined by alignment of research interest with our current faculty and financial ability to take on new students.

Late August/Early September

UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division releases the availability of the Graduate Application December 1st – Graduate Division and Departmental Deadline for application to be completed by prospective applicant. A completed application must include all supplemental materials.

Late February/Early March

Initial and Secondary offers of departmental admissions considerations are distributed to prospective students. Funding offers are provided on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: April 15th Deadline

Student response and SIR deadline for financial offers.

Financial Support

If I Am Accepted to UCSB, What Sort of financial Package Can I expect to Receive?

Funding is individually dependent on the admitting faculty. When you apply you are automatically put into consideration for several campus multiyear fellowship competitions. We have very limited department funds, but we try to fund our students through their first year as much as we can. After that it is the responsibility of the student and their faculty advisor to find funding via employment or fellowship. There are several separate outside fellowships as well as department fellowships for which you can compete. For more information see the Graduate Division's Financial Support and Fellowships section.

How do I Apply for Financial Support?

The completed application for admission automatically serves as the application for financial support. Applications must be completed and submitted by December 15th to be considered for financial support. There are no exceptions for applications completed after the December 15th deadline.