A limited number of positions in the Psychology Post-Baccalaureate Program are available each year due to the demands on our courses and training opportunities. Students are admitted twice per academic year; in the spring and fall semesters.


The program requires a minimum of three semesters. Students will have flexibility to determine their personal completion plan while in the program (3- or 4-semester option).

  • Applications for Spring 2019 will become available in September 2018 and will be due on October 12th, 2018.

    • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by November 2, 2018.
    • Accepted students must indicate intent to enroll for Spring 2019 by November 16, 2018.

All applicants to the Psychology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program must have completed a 4-year undergraduate program or its equivalent. Applicants are not required to have any background or prior coursework in psychology. Indeed, we anticipate that most enrollees will have minimal background in psychology.


Application materials include:

1.  Completed Program Application

The program application must be completed in one sitting. Applicants should be prepared to respond to the following items:

  • Applicant's basic contact information
  • Email addresses of two references

  • In lieu of a personal statement:

    • Please describe your prior career / academic history.

    • What led you to the field of Psychology?

    • Given your career goals, why is this program a good fit?

    • Please describe your research interests and identify at least two faculty members with whom you are interested in working.

      (Please note, admission to the Post-Bac Program does not guarantee lab placement with a specific faculty member).

    • Please describe your prior research experience (if applicable). 

2.  Resume

3.  Two letters of recommendation 

These can be from a teacher, employer, colleague or family friend. Applicants should obtain the letters from their recommenders and submit directly. Alternatively, the letter writer can submit a letter directly to, indicating the applicant’s name in the Subject Line.  

4.  Transcript(s)

A transcript (unofficial is acceptable) must be provided from all institutions where a degree was received. Transcripts from additional institutions can be submitted but are optional.

5. Non-refundable $75 application fee

For International Applicants Only: 

6.  TOEFL (greater than 570 for paper based test, or 90 for internet based test) or IELTS scores (minimum of 7 on a 9-point scale).

International students are strongly encouraged to submit application materials early given the time required to process these applications. UC Berkeley will work with admitted students to coordinate the visa application process.


Admissions criteria will be based upon evidence of ability and commitment to complete our rigorous two-year program.


The structure of the program requires full-time participation; we do not offer an option for part-time status.


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