The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience utilizes computational methods to understand brain-mind interactions across all levels of architecture, from single neurons to complex networks, with a focus on the roles of these levels in an organism’s behavior. Because of the intrinsic interdisciplinary nature of modern neuroscience and the field’s urgent need for cross-disciplinary, graduate-level training, this program brings together faculty located in seven departments on campus. Students conduct research in areas such as cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, biology, physics, computer science and engineering.

Mailing Address

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience
University of California, Santa Barbara
Psychology East, Building 251, Room 1814
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9661


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-3636

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • December 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • Recommended: Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, uploaded as a single PDF document in the online application.
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.



Complex Neural Networks; Computational Vision; Signal Processing & Machine Learning; Computational Cognitive Neuroscience; Brain-Computer Interface; Computational Neuroscience