How to Apply to the PhD Program

How to Apply to the PhD Program


Step One:
Submit your application at the UCSB Graduate Division Website and pay the application fee.


Step Two:
 Upload an official copy of official transcript. Transcripts are required for all post-secondary education where the applicant has completed 12 or more units.


Step Three:
Submit your Statement of Purpose online. Please note: three sections must be included for the Statement of Purpose to be complete and these parts must be completed in separate documents:

  • Statement
  • Personal Achievements
  • CV


Step Four:
Arrange for the electronic submission of three Letters of Recommendation.  Letters should be submitted through your  online application.



Step Five:
For 2023 applicants, the GRE is not accepted. Arrange for your ETS to send your GRE scores (General and Physics Subject), and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable) to UCSB's Graduate Division by December 15 by 11:59 PST.

For 2023, the GRE physics subject is not accepted. The GRE physics subject test is optional for applicants whose primary area of interest is astrophysics. UCSB's school code is 4835. A department code is not required, and should be left blank. 

Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions page.