Graduate Program

Graduate Faculty Advisor

Prof. Bolin Liao UCSB

Bolin Liao
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Questions? Contact


Katelynn Ellison
Student Affairs Manager
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Engineering II Bldg., Room 2355
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070


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Master of Science and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in any of the following six areas of research:

Bioengineering and Systems Biology
Computational Science and Engineering
Dynamic Systems, Control and Robotics
Micro and Nanoscale Engineering
Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures
Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics 

Degrees Offered

Enrollment & Degrees

Doctoral Alumni Employment Data: 


Degrees Granted 2022-23

Masters: 7
Doctorate: 13

MS Placement Data

PhD Placement Data

Enrollment Fall 2023

MS Students: 12
PhD Students: 75
Total: 87
Female: 24%
Male: 75%


The Department of Mechanical Engineering features an outstanding faculty. Ten faculty members hold membership in the National Academy of Engineering, which reflects an exceptionally high national standing. Further, several faculty members have been awarded the most prestigious prizes and awards in their respective fields, including the NSF Career Award, the Sloan Fellowship, the Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, the APS Fluid Dynamics Prize, the ASM Gold Medal, and the SIAM Dahlquist Prize. Faculty in the department look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with talented and motivated graduate students.

Graduate Fellowships

The Department invites applications from keen students and offers a number of attractive fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. It is our experience that students enjoy UC Santa Barbara’s tradition of open collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal campus with many cultural and recreational opportunities to augment student life. The overall environment is very supportive of scholarly and creative work.