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Personal Documents

The application process for the Master of Technology Management (MTM) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) requires that you upload 3 personal documents to the Graduate Division's online portal. These documents are the following:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Personal Achievements/Contributions
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Statement of Purpose

We want to know where you've been, what you do now, and what you aspire to do in the future. A superlative statement of purpose includes the following:

  • Your interest in tech
  • Your area of specialization in a given field
  • Your reasons for applying to our program
  • Your academic and extracurricular achievements
  • Your professional goals and how we could help you achieve them
  • Any additional info that may hep us determine your preparation and aptitude

The statement of purpose is where you may have the most fun on your application. It's where you may tell us about all of your unique and whacky life experiences. The admissions committee reads thousands of statements each year. A humorous anecdote or unique experience may help you stand out from the crowd.

Personal Achievements/Contributions

In your Personal Achievements/Contributions, we would like you to describe any interesting situations or experiences that you have encountered throughout your life. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assuming dangerous risks and taking daring adventures
  • Coming from a family of limited means
  • Being financially responsible for family members and/or other dependents
  • Having to work during your undergraduate studies
  • Learning new languages, especially via travel and language immersion
  • Living among people in multicultural communities
  • Spending time helping people with limited means
  • Conducting research on cultural, societal, or educational problems affecting underserved communities
  • Evidence that you intend to use MTM for social good or to help disadvantaged individuals or populations

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your résumé (or curriculum vitae) should give us a sense of who you are. But it's not meant to be a biography. We're especially interested in the events and activities in which you have participated that offer evidence of your drive and distinction (or leadership and initiative) or are relevant to a career in tech management. In your résumé, you should highlight the following:

  • Your academic experience. List all of the universities you attended and degrees you obtained.
  • Your extracurricular activities. Tell us of any extracurricular activities in which you have been involved since high school, either full- or part-time.

Exam Scores

UCSB requires that all applicants -- domestic or international -- take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). UCSB also requires that international applicants take Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For all tests, UCSB reviews only the most recent and complete set of test scores reported. 


We accept either the GRE or GMAT. Either test may be taken at any point prior to the application deadline to which you are applying. Please make sure that you have ordered your official GRE or GMAT scores to be sent directly to UCSB using institution code 4835. You must self-report the exam in your application and include exam date, registration number, and scores - this information must match the record on your exam in order to sync your self-reported and official scores. If you have not submitted your official scores, your application will be considered incomplete. 

GRE and/or GMAT scores are considered official if taken within the last 5 years of the exam date.


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Applicants who will have earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-only institution before the start of their quarter at UCSB are exempt, as evidenced by their previous official coursework transcripts. 

TOEFL and IELTS score dates must be from within two years from the time of application. Scores must be submitted directly from ETS or IELTS to the Graduate Division. Applicants must also "self-report" scores, by entering their exam information into the "Exam Scores" section of the application. Only the most recent and complete set (single-sitting) of TOEFL or IELTS scores will be reviewed for admission.

TOEFL Reporting
If you choose to take the TOEFL, please instruct ETS to report your official scores to UCSB at institution code 4835. You are also required to enter the Test Date and sixteen digit Registration Number found on your official ETS Report Score on your UCSB Graduate Division online application. In the meantime, please upload your unofficial score to your your UCSB Graduate Division online application.

IELTS Reporting
Applicants taking the IELTS must make arrangements directly with IELTS for testing and score reporting. We prefer paper test reports. These should be sent to the Graduate Division at the following address: UCSB Graduate Division, Attn: Graduate Admissions, 3117 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2070.

If you prefer to have you scores reported electronically, please notify the UCSB Graduate Division by email at gradadmissions@graddiv.ucsb.edu that you have chosen to report your scores online. In the email, please provide your Centre Number, Candidate Number, and Test Date. The UCSB Graduate Division's online application also requires that you enter the Centre Number, Candidate Number, and Test Date found on your IELTS Test Report Form.

Letters of Recommendation

We require 3 letters of recommendation as part of your application. We encourage you to secure letters written by recommenders who know you well. Such letters are more powerful than those from recommenders who don't know you well or at all.

Follow-Up with Your Recommender
It's important that you follow up with your recommenders to describe the program to which you're applying and to advise them on the strengths you'd like them to highlight in the letter. You should emphasize to your recommenders that the letter must arrive before the required deadline. Otherwise, your application could be deemed incomplete and even rejected if submitted for the 3rd and final round.

Submitting Letters of Recommendation
There are 3 ways in which you may submit your letters of recommendation:

  • UCSB Graduate Division. The easiest way to get your letters of recommendation submitted is by entering your recommender's names, e-mail addresses, and current places of employment at the UCSB Graduate Division's online portal. Once you do so, the Graduate Division will send instructions to your recommenders on how to fill out their letters.
  • Recommendation Letter Service. Should you choose to use a Recommendation Letter Service (such as Interfolio or your university's registrar's office) to submit one or more of your letters, we will instruct you to indicate this information within the recommender profile. Most letter services, however, do not provide a rating of the student on a rating scale. In that case, you'll need to ask your recommenders to enter their information at the UCSB Graduate Division's online portal.
  • Letters Submitted via Postal Mail. Online submission is the preferred method for submitting letters of recommendation. If your recommenders are unable to do so, they may directly submit their letters of recommendation along with a cover sheet to MTM at University of California, Santa Barbara, Technology Management Program, MC: 5129 1333, Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5129. Even then, you'll be expected to add the recommenders' names and contact information to your online application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required to be submitted during the application period. Copies of transcripts must be uploaded to the online application by the applicant. In the "Education History" section of the application, applicants should report and upload an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution at which they completed the equivalent of one or more terms (or the equivalent of 12 units at UCSB) of coursework.

Domestic Applicants: You may scan and upload all pages of your official transcript(s) to the UCSB Graduate Division's online portal. Please remember also to scan and upload the grading scale, which is often found on the backside of your official transcript. If your official transcript lists your Social Security number, please cross or black out the number before uploading.

International Applicants: If you have received your degree, please include your degree certificate within the same file. Your uploaded document must include your transcript both in its original language and as a certified English translation. The certified English translation is required. It must be a complete, exact, and literal translation of the original transcript. Your university or an official agency must translate the transcript.

If you're admitted to UCSB MTM and indicate your intent to enroll by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), we require that you submit your final official transcript(s). You may do so by having your university directly send these documents in a sealed and signed envelope via post office mail to the UCSB Graduate Division at the following address: Graduate Division, University of California, Santa Barbara, 3117 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2070. We must receive your final official transcript the day before the first day of instruction of the fall quarter

Application Fee

All UCSB applications require a non-refundable application fee of $105 for domestic applicants and $125 for international applicants. Your application will not be processed until the UCSB Graduate Division has received payment of your application fee. You may pay the fee by credit card or check/money order using the Check/Money Order Submission Form found on the last page of the application.

Application fee waivers are available for qualified U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/Dream Scholars in financial need or who participated in a pre-graduate preparation research program. Fee waivers are not granted to international applicants, except for applicants applying through the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF).

To apply for a fee waiver, applicants must begin an online application. Within the application, applicants should click on the "Payment Information" tab and scroll down to the fee waiver information. Applicants should submit the request online by selecting the relevant option and uploading supporting documentation. Fee waiver requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the application deadline. 

Documents accepted for proof of financial need include:

  1. A signed letter from a financial officer stating the applicant’s Estimated Student or Family Contribution (EFC)
  2. An official financial aid award letter for the current academic year, or
  3. A copy of income tax returns from the previous year.

Document Upload Specifications and Requirements

UCSB accepts PDF and Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) documents for upload in the online application. The maximum file size allowed is 4 MB per document. You may view and replace any documents you have uploaded until you click on the "Lock" button. Once you do so, you won't be able to replace what you have uploaded. So please preview each document carefully to ensure that you have uploaded the correct documents. We won't be able to replace documents for you once you have locked them.

You must upload all required documents to the online application by the application deadline of the round to which you're applying no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). The admissions committee will mark any application with missing documents as incomplete and won't review it until the next application deadline round. Any application with missing documents submitted for the 3rd and final deadline will be marked as incomplete and automatically rejected.

Completing the Application

To be considered for admission, you must complete the UCSB Graduate Division's online application. A full explanation of the UCSB Graduate Division's application process is located here.

Updating the Application

During the application process, please notify us of any changes in your address, phone number, or e-mail address. Otherwise, you may miss important notifications regarding your application, missing supporting materials, or admissions decisions. 

Please reach out to our Manager of Admissions for any updates to your application.