The Graduate Division Admissions FAQ page has answers to questions about the online application, fees, test scores, admissions decisions and more.
An application is considered complete once:
Applicants will not be notified once the application is complete - it is the applicant's responsibility to follow-up and review their application status.
The PERM # is your unique UCSB student identification number that you will use throughout your studies at UCSB. To find your PERM #, refer to the application status page several days after completing and paying the online application fee.
No, the ECE Department does not require the Pre-Application.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is a minimum requirement for all applicants. However, meeting the 3.0 minimum alone does not guarantee admission.
Supplemental documents are considered to be all of the application's supporting documentation. All supplemental documents are submitted within the online application:
We Do Not accept additional materials. A mention of papers, technical reports, theses, etc., in the resume is sufficient. Also, Do Not send copies of your passport.
If we receive such materials, they will simply be discarded.
The Statement of Purpose consists of three parts 1) Statement of Purpose, 2) Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement, 3) Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
While three letters are required, applicants can submit up to four letters of recommendation. Academic references are preferred, although applicants may submit one letter from industry.
NOTE: UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
The Institutional Code is 4835. No Department Code is required by UCSB.
UCSB does not accept unofficial scores. Applicants should instruct ETS to send official scores to UCSB (institution code 4835). A department code is not required.
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.
Not all students admitted into our graduate program are awarded financial support. If you have an award, notification of a Teaching Assistantship (TAship) or a Graduate Student Research position (GSR) is sent by the ECE Department soon after the Dean of the Graduate Division notifies you of the final admission.
All international students need to complete documentation of financial ability to pay for expenses for the first year of study at UCSB.
Applicants do not need to submit a financial statement until they have been officially admitted and will not be penalized in any way for not submitting the financial statement earlier with other application materials.
Please note that newly admitted students should refer to the O.I.S.S. (Office of International Students and Scholars) website and send the financial statement directly to O.I.S.S. and not the ECE department.
Office of International Students Scholars
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA