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Multidisciplinary Research

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science at the University of California Santa Barbara is a multidisciplinary program bringing together marine faculty from across campus to train the next generation of oceanographers and marine scientists. IGPMS is ranked among the top five marine graduate programs nationally (NRC, 2010) and offers excellent training across all the marine sciences. Our faculty are world leaders in their disciplines, and students have tremendous flexibility to design a program of study that fits their needs, interests, and future goals. The relatively small size of the program ensures a personal experience and strong sense of community. Read about some of our amazing students on our Spotlight pages.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The IGPMS community is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within the marine science community and at UCSB. We want to stress that everyone is welcome here and deserves to be here. As a community, we are working to identify and combat systemic and institutional anti-Black racism and the oppression of marginalized groups. Read more about what we are doing on our Resources page.

UCSB Campus and the Central Coast

Situated entirely on the coast, UCSB and the surrounding area offer an ecologically and culturally rich environment for graduate study and recreation. Resources for marine research on campus include an extensive seawater system, a fleet of capable vessels for coastal research, and one of the most active scientific diving programs in the country. Off campus, students enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Gaviota Coast, Los Padres National Forest, and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Campus Resources

Research Facilities
Marine Science Institute Analytical Lab
EEMB Marine Operations
California Nanosystems Institute
Neuroscience Research Institute Microscopy Facility

Application Deadline

December 15th, 2022

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