How to Apply

Degree Offerings

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Review Faculty Profiles and Research

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests align with their own early in the application process and to list potential advisors on their applications. It is very important to indicate in your Statement of Purpose which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with and to be specific about which research areas you are interested in.

Academic Preparation

Students seeking admission to graduate status at the University of California must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable standing. The program of preparation should be substantially the same, both in the distribution of academic subject matter and in scholarship achievement, as the requirements for a comparable degree at the University of California. Pre-requisite knowledge includes working knowledge of both biology and of engineering concepts and analyses.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to any graduate program at UCSB. Applicants should specify their general areas of interests and faculty member interest within their application.

If your application is not advanced by the Biological Engineering Program but deemed a potential fit to one of the Departments/Programs listed below, you may use the transfer permission form to consent for your application to be transferred for possible consideration by up to two other programs. Complete the transfer permission form and upload it with your application.

  • Biomolecular Science and Engineering (BMSE)
  • Dynamical Neuroscience (DYNS)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology (MCDB)

 Application Deadline

December 15th


 Graduate Advisor

Graduate Advisor & Emphasis Coordinator