Application Questions

Q: How do I apply?

A: Submit your program application directly to UC Berkeley Department of Psychology’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at link.


Q: I want to maximize my chances of getting into your program.  What should I include in my cover letter?  In other words, what are you looking for in a student?

A: Our program does not have a specific student in mind when reviewing application materials. We expect to admit students with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.  We want to hear why you have decided on a long-term goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology or a related field. This should be reflected in your application materials. Our goal is to accept students who demonstrate the motivation and capacity to thrive in our program and who will, upon completion of the program, be competitive in their applications to graduate school.


Q: How do I pay for the $75 program application fee after I have applied?

A: Students are instructed to submit their $75 application fee via the online payment system. Please follow the instructions and contact the Program Director at should you experience an error in payment submission. 


Q: Who do I contact with questions about my application?

A: Please send application questions to the Program Director at


Q: Where do I have my letters of recommendation sent?

A: Please ask your letter writers to submit materials to  Make sure that they indicate your name in the message heading of the email.


Q: When do I find out if I was accepted?

A: We accept applications each spring for the following fall semester. Applicants are notified of admission roughly 2-3 weeks after the listed application deadline. 


Q: Is my application fee refundable?

A: Application processing fee of $75 is non-refundable.