Admissions Criteria

All applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission to graduate status at UCSB. The applicant will normally hold a bachelor’s degree in a biological or physical science, engineering, mathematics, or psychology. Regardless of degree, preference will be given to applicants with undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Applicants to the Program 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. No student will be admitted without a faculty sponsor.

Applicants should specify their general areas of interests within dynamical neuroscience on their application and provide a clear and focused statement of purpose. Admission decisions are based on intellectual potential and promise, competitiveness of the academic record, programmatic fit, and space availability. Applications are considered for fall admission only and should be received with all supporting materials by the January 5th deadline.

Frequently asked questions:

Please read our frequently asked questions page before contacting us to see if your questions have already been answered.

How to apply:

All applicants must apply via the web using the UCSB E-App.

For questions pertaining to admissions, contact Admissions Staff at

Financial Support

All students in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience who are in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward the degree can expect financial support while at UCSB. We offer financial packages that are competitive with other major institutions, in the form of a combination of fellowships, graduate student researcher and teaching assistantships. After the first year of study, students typically are supported through their faculty mentor's research grants as Graduate Student Researchers with a stipend plus payment of fees, tuition and health insurance. Continuing graduate students are eligible to apply for campus-based fellowships as well as off-campus fellowships to supplement their teaching or research assistantship income.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

The graduate school application opens annually in September. The Application for Graduate Study is online.

How do I apply?

UCSB no longer offers paper or printed versions of the graduate application. The application for Graduate Study is online. Your application must be completed, submitted, application fee paid, and any other additional required materials by January 5.

How can I check my application status?

You can check your application status online.

I am an international student. Am I required to submit a pre-application?

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience does not require a pre-application.

May I waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement?

There are several criteria that may qualify a student for an exception to the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. Please contact the graduate advisor if you think you may qualify. An exception during Admissions will not exempt a student from the language placement test required upon enrollment at UCSB.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 5, 2017. You are strongly advised to submit your online application and all required supporting materials in advance of the official deadline. Applications are accepted with admission to begin the Fall Quarter only.

What is the application fee?

All applications require a non-refundable application fee of $105 for domestic applicants and $125 for international applicants. Graduate Division will not process your application until the application fee has been received.

Whom do I contact if I still have questions?

Please email Graduate Info any remaining questions.

Will the program accept application materials after the January 5 deadline?

It is important that all supporting materials be received by January 5, 2017. Any materials received after January 5 will be considered late. Late supporting materials may result in a delay in the review of your application by the Admissions Committee. As there is limited space, a late application review may affect admissions decisions.