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. 

The application for Fall 2017 admission opened September 6, 2016 and closed November 19th.  All interview invitations were sent via email December 21st.  Applicants not receiving an interview invitation are unlikely to advance in the admissions process, but all applications remain open until final decisions are made and applicants notified.  Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, we are not able to respond to inquiries about not receiving an invitation to Visitors’ Day, not being offered admission, or how to improve your application.  See our General Admissions information: What steps should I take to become a competitive candidate.

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The application for Fall 2018 admission will open September 2017. Check our website during the summer for admissions updates.


Core faculty admitting students for Fall 2017 (to be updated summer 2017 for Fall 2018 admission)


Sonia Bishop, Silvia Bunge, Serena Chen, Anne Collins, Tom Griffiths, Stephen Hinshaw, Richard Ivry, Oliver John, Sheri Johnson, Dacher Keltner, Ann Kring, Tania Lombrozo, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Jason Okonofua, Mahesh Srinivasan, Claude Steele, Frederic Theunissen, Matthew Walker, Joni Wallis, David Whitney, Fei Xu, and Qing Zhou.


Affiliated faculty admitting students for 2017  through the Department of Psychology


Anca Dragan, Ming Hsu, Terry Regier, Juliana Schroeder


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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