Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychology's Ph.D. program. We admit students once a year, for the Fall semester only. 

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What steps should I take to become a competitive candidate?

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The application for Fall 2018 admission opened September 5th. The application deadline is December 1st, 8:59PM Pacific Standard Time.


Faculty admitting students for Fall 2018 are listed below.


Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience

Lance Kriegsfeld, Frederic Theunissen


Clinical Science

Aaron Fisher, Sheri Johnson, Ann Kring, Robert Levenson, Qing Zhou



Core faculty - Anne Collins

Affiliated faculty - Anca Dragan, Julianna Schroeder, Michael Ranney


Cognitive Neuroscience

Core faculty - Sonia Bishop, Jack Gallant, Richard Ivry, Matthew Walker, Kevin Weiner, David Whitney

Affiliated faculty - Ming Hsu



Silvia Bunge, Alison Gopnik, Fei Xu



Oliver John, Dacher Keltner, Iris Mauss, Jason Okonofua


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Our graduate program is a full-time day program and has no provision for accepting part-time or terminal M.A. degree students. Given the competition for admission, we suggest that potential applicants review their background and interests carefully before applying.

The Department invites applications from students who are primarily interested in research. Undergraduate research experience is helpful to have; this includes formal statistics/methods courses and special class projects, independent study projects, and part-time or volunteer work in research. All of our graduate program areas, including Clinical Science, have a strong research emphasis. We believe that competence in research and scholarship are prerequisites for leadership in teaching and public service in psychology.


Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California and we embrace it as a source of strength. The Department of Psychology views its diversity to be integral to our achievement of excellence. Our differences — of age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability status, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, skills, ideas, experience and more — enhance our ability to achieve the university’s core missions of public service, teaching and research.


Prospective students seeking information specifically related to diversity are encouraged to email the Chair for Diversity at the Graduate Assembly of Students in Psychology (GASP) at or to consult these resources:

Financial support is available to all enrolled students, and is guaranteed for the first five years of the program.

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