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.
Admission decisions are based on intellectual potential and promise, competitiveness of the academic record and research experience, programmatic fit, and space availability.
Applicants to the Department must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work and who has agreed to supervise the student's graduate training and thesis dissertation research. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members in the Program whose research interests coincide with their own and to list potential advisors on their applications.
A bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a Biological Science (with an upper-division grade point average of 3.0 or better) Average applicant GPAs are 3.5 or higher.
General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical/writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE scores should not be more than 5 years old at the time of application. Average applicant score are 85th percentile or higher. Use the institution code for UCSB (4835)
All domestic applicants must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as a part of the application process by March 1, within about 3 months after applying.
Students whose native language is not English must also obtain a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, or 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to admission. Exceptions to the TOEFL requirement are made for applicants who will have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution whose primary instruction is in English by the time of enrollment.