Storke Sunrise. Credit: Tony Mastres
Credit: Tony Mastres


The Department of Geography offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research-focused training is provided for those seeking an interdisciplinary understanding of the world. It prepares students for careers in science and technology, government, teaching, and business; theoretical and applied work in geography; and conducting original research.

The Department of Geography has seven specific areas of strength:

  • Atmospheric & Climate Science
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Geography
  • Geoanalytics Science & Planning
  • GIScience & Geoinformatics
  • Ocean Science
  • Population & Health
  • Terrestrial Sciences

Faculty Sponsors

Students accepted into the Geography graduate program must have a faculty sponsor. Please contact individual faculty whose research programs interest you.

 Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Wellness

In alignment with the core mission of the University of California, the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara aims to foster an academic climate that not only celebrates diversity but also actively dismantles institutional and systemic barriers to diversity. As a department, we are committed to reform on individual and institutional levels.

 Application Deadline

December 1st


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