Graduate Degrees

Student Life

The Department of Mathematics enrolls approximately 60 students from all over the U.S. and the World. We have a very cohesive and cooperative student body with diverse outside interests and pursuits. Weekdays at 3:00 faculty and students gather for tea, cookies, and conversation, and currently groups of Topology and Algebra students are running their own seminars. All graduate students are members of the Graduate Student Association, and our department elects a GSA representative on an annual basis. Our graduate students are essential to the mathematical life of the department, and they are treated accordingly.


UCSB is situated just outside the city of Goleta, about ten miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Surrounded by water on three sides, and mountains on the fourth, our campus provides a beautiful and serene environment for your studies. The city of Santa Barbara, with a population of approximately 90,000, offers a wide variety of cultural activities that far exceeds the normal complement for a medium-sized city. UCSB itself offers a full calendar of performances and events, including art exhibits, concerts, and dance and drama performances.

The University

The University of California at Santa Barbara is the fourth-largest campus of the UC system, offering graduate degrees in over 40 disciplines. UCSB is home to six national research centers, including the National Science Foundation sponsored Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Among our faculty are some of the most renowned scientists in the world, including five Nobel Laureates. UCSB is a proud member of the Association of American Universities, a group of the 60 most prestigious universities in the U.S. and Canada.

Research and Computing Facilities

The University has an advanced research library with over a million volumes, and subscriptions to all of the major mathematics journals from around the world. This library maintains modern literature-search computer facilities. The department has various computer systems and a Computer Lab available to all graduate students, consisting of IBM and Macintosh computers with current Mathematical, Scientific, network, and typesetting software, and laser pointers. Graduate student offices have wireless access to the internet. More information can be found at Mathematics Department Computational Resources.

Graduate Student Advising

All graduate students will be assigned a faculty advisor upon entering our program. Your faculty advisor is the person you consult in all academic matters of your education. Accordingly, he or she should be consulted before the start of each quarter. When students are more familiar with the department faculty, they may choose their own advisors.

Staff Graduate Advisor

The Staff Graduate Advisor is the person you see to coordinate virtually all of the administrative aspects of your education and employment at the university. He or she is your liaison to the Graduate Division and to the Math Department's Graduate Committee. The Staff Graduate Advisor is available for assistance with any matter that is affecting your life as a graduate student, and will either have or be able to direct you to various resources and services on campus. It is recommended that you get to know the Staff Graduate Advisor upon your arrival.

Transfer Work Petitions

Students may petition the Graduate Committee to request an exception to any established departmental policy. Petitions should be drafted by the student and his or her advisor. This petition process is especially important for incoming students who have done substantial graduate work elsewhere. Such students should avoid repeating large portions of graduate work.