Sitting around the campfire on Santa Cruz Island

Sitting around the campfire on Santa Cruz Island

Looking over the topology

Looking over the topology

Jim Boles leads a field trip to Santa Cruz Island

Jim Boles leads a field trip to Santa Cruz Island

Graduate Program Faculty Advisor

Susannah Porter

Graduate Program Coordinator

Yann Ricard


Webb 1006

Advising Hours

By Appointment

Contact Info
Tel: (805) 893-3329
Fax: (805) 893-2314

Welcome Prospective Graduate Students!

Earth Science Graduate Program applications and supplemental materials are due by or on January 8th.  Please see the admissions info under the graduate program of our website for details and/or contact Yann Ricard, via email or telephone (805) 893-3329.

Graduate education is a great way of attaining your future career goals. Our graduate program is currently ranked among the best in the country. We offer Masters and Doctoral degrees in Earth Science. Our priority is to provide students an unparalleled academic experience, such that by completion of the program they are exceptional Earth scientists and scholars. If you are considering graduate studies in Earth Science, please read our page on Guide to Graduate Studies.

Academic Excellence — Our campus is experiencing phenomenal growth in research activity and academic excellence. US News and World Report ranked our graduate program 8th in Geology and 23rd in Earth Science amongst all universities in the country. In related fields, both Physics and Materials Science were ranked first in the nation. Our graduate students take part in cutting edge research and draw from the experience of an Earth Science faculty that includes five members of the National Academy of Sciences. UCSB excels at interdisciplinary research and prides in its 6 Nobel laureates.

Personal Attention — Our focus is on quality. With a lower graduate student/faculty ratio (2/1) than the other top-10 earth sciences programs, we really listen to each graduate student and provide a remarkable level of individual support and guidance.

Quality of Life — And then there is Santa Barbara where you will enjoy a quality of life you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Sitting on an active plate margin, with immediate access to islands, ocean, beaches, deserts, and mountains, Santa Barbara enjoys the active geology and mild climate that enables you to work comfortably in the field year-round.

Community — We think there is something special about this department; a warm community of people who love to work and play together. You'll see what we mean when you visit.

For assistance with your graduate school application, please contact:
Yann Ricard, Graduate Program Coordinator , via email or telephone (805) 893-3329.