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University of California, Santa Barbara

12 months
12570 USD/year
12570 USD/year
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The Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers broad training in history, in combination with depth in a research specialty. The Doctor of Philosophy is the degree objective for students, and the Master's degree an interim stage towards that goal. 


The History program from the University of California, Santa Barbara is designed to provide students with research training leading to the doctoral degree, pedagogical training and instructional opportunities in preparation for teaching at a range of post-secondary institutions, and a broader array of skills and professional development training to provide students with the versatility required to use their historical training in non-academic as well as academic settings. 

Students specializing in public historical studies receive training that prepares them for careers in the community at large, working in a variety of historical institutions (museums, preservation firms, oral history projects) or as private consultants. Graduates of our program are also prepared to teach public history at the college and university level, and often pursue careers combining opportunities in both academic and non-academic areas.


Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Black Studies, Environment and Society, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Medieval Studies, and Technology and Society (All Ph.D. only)

Programme Structure

  • Our department offers graduate program training across a broad spectrum of time periods, geographically-defined and topical areas of specialization, and methodological approaches. 
  • While we continue to attract students in such long-established areas of strength as Medieval Europe, Gender, Twentieth Century U.S., and Public History, the graduate program reflects the dynamism of the field and the evolving interests of the faculty.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • GRE General test scores
  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT), Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (if applicable for international applicants)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted in the online application)
  • Writing Sample (submitted in the online application)
  • Final/Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

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    12570 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12570 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12570 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Santa Barbara

1640 - 2480 USD /month
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