Frequently Asked Questions
•How can I visit the Dept. of Education as a Visiting Scholar?
•What degrees and programs does the Department of Education have to offer?
•How many students are enrolled and how many do you accept each year?
•Can I complete the degree program on a part-time basis?
•I have applied and have a question, who do I ask?
•Do I have to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test?
•Is there a minimum GRE General Test score requirement?
•What does a graduate program look for when making admission decisions?
•How long will graduate school take?
•Do you have any information meetings that students can attend?
A: The University of California is located on 989 acres of the California coast about 8 miles northwest of Santa Barbara and 90 miles north of Los Angeles, within Santa Barbara County. The foothills of the Santa Ynez and Sierra Madre Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest skirt the city of Santa Barbara. It is a scenic city on the central Pacific coast of California and is often referred to as the “American Riviera” because of its Mediterranean climate. Santa Barbara is also known for its rich variety of cultural arts and current events.
A: The Visitors' Center home page has information about campus tours, driving to UCSB, a campus map, a virtual tour, a list of local hotels and motels, and the dates for special events, such as Parents Weekend, Spring Insight, and Fall Preview. If you’d like to meet with one of the Department of Education Faculty members during your visit here, you can contact the Faculty member directly for an appointment. Click here for Faculty contact information.
Q: How can I visit the Dept. of Education as a Visiting Scholar?
A: One of our Education Faculty would need to sponsor you. For information on this process, please see the following link: http://education.ucsb.edu/Graduate-Studies/Education/vis-schol.htm and also the UCSB Office of International Students and Scholars webpage.
A: The Department of Education in The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers an intellectually rich environment in which graduate students are encouraged to pursue a program of study tailored to their research interests. All Research Focus Areas are characterized by a high degree of collaboration and mentorship. Through experience in graduate courses, research experiences, and teaching, students have multiple opportunities to acquire the knowledge, dispositions, and skills to be first-rate scholars and teachers.
Both an M.A. and Ph.D. degree are available in the following seven Research Focus Areas:
Culture and Development
Language and Literacy
Learning, Culture and Technology Studies
Policy, Leadership and Research Methods
Science and Mathematics Education
Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies
The Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject, and the Level I Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials with a Master's degree in Education.
For upper-division undergraduates, a Minor in Education is available through the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. Freshman and sophmores interested in science and math may want to consider the Science and Math Initiative program.
A: The GGSE Department of Education enrolls approximately 200 students. Although there are variations year to year, the Department of Education alone typically enrolls 40-60 new students each year. Note; this does not include our Teacher Education students, nor the Department of Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology – just the Department of Education students.
A: The majority of our students are full-time students taking 8 to 12 units per quarter. The fees are the same no matter how many units you take. It is not unusual for students to work part-time in addition to taking classes.
A: No, not at this time.
A: The GGSE Faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests. For more information on our Faculty, please see the following link: Faculty Bios
A: The information on our web pages is intended to serve as an advisory tool. For more detailed questions regarding our various programs, prospective students should contact the Department of Education Program Assistants or Education Faculty. Please see the following link for contact information: Dept of Ed Contact. Applicants are encouraged to review the Faculty Bios for faculty who most closely align with their interests and could serve as their Advisor should they be admitted.
A: Please see the Department of Education Admissions Checklist if you are interested in applying. Applicants may express an interest in any three of our Research Focus areas at any one time.
For further information regarding admissions see Student Affairs Frequently Asked Questions
A: There are two application deadlines for applying to the Department of Education for the following fall quarter. Students begin in fall quarter only:
• December 15th - applications received by this date would be eligible for consideration of campus fellowship support.
• April 15th - final application deadline
A: Yes. The GRE General Test is a requirement when applying to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. The test is comprised of three sections: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing. All three sections are required. Although ETS will allow an individual to take separate sections of the GRE General Test, UCSB does not. UCSB will only accept the most recent test date that contains a complete GRE General Test score with all three sections taken. Test scores must be within 5 years of the quarter for which you are applying.
A: The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education does not require a minimum GRE General Test score. Your application packet will be reviewed as a whole by our faculty. However, applicants who are referred for admission and have a GRE score under 300 would require a final approval by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
A: Admission decisions are made at the program level. Generally, Faculty in the Department of Education are interested in admitting students of the highest quality, with relevant experience, and with research interests that can be served by the graduate program.
A: The graduate education experience varies from student to student. Time to degree similarly varies based on students’ research project and type of degree sought. The M.A. degree generally takes 2 to 3 years. The Ph.D. degree has the largest variation as the goal is for students to make original contributions to the research literature. Ph.D. students typically finish in 5 to 6 years.
A: Not at this time, but you are always encouraged to periodically review our website for information and new updates.
A: Apartments surround the UC Santa Barbara campus, and most students live in an apartment at some point during their tenure at UCSB. Graduate students may want to start their housing search with apartments in mind. There are both University owned and privately owned apartments surrounding UCSB. The University owned apartments are separated into: Family Student Housing and Single Student Housing. The Community Housing Office is where you will find information regarding privately owned apartments.
A: For information on financial aid please go to our Student Affairs Office Financial Aid web page.