The graduate program in English provides the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge and enjoyment of literary texts, modes, and movements and explore their own potential as interpreters, scholars, and, in most cases, teachers of literature and language. The department offers a balanced emphasis on scholarship, criticism, and theory. It is especially well-represented in Medieval, Renaissance, eighteenth-century studies, American literature, literary theory, cultural criticism, culture of information, interdisciplinary studies, and digital humanities. The program is large enough to field a full range of graduate seminars, but small enough to provide a sense of community and a high level of faculty-student engagement.

Mailing Address

Department of English
University of California, Santa Barbara
South Hall, Room 3432F
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-2639

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Admission Only:

  • December 4, 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)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online). Admitted students will be required to send official copies to the Graduate Division.
  • 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
  • Writing Sample (A critical paper written in an upper-division or graduate literature class. Suggested length is 10 pages.) (submitted online)
  • 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.

Environment and Society; Feminist Studies; Global Studies; Medieval Studies; Technology & Society; Translation Studies; Writing Studies (All Ph.D. only)