Graduate Program

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The goal of the graduate program in Psychology at Berkeley is to produce scholar-researchers with sufficient breadth to retain perspective in the field of psychology and sufficient depth to permit successful independent and significant research. The members of the department have organized themselves into six training units. The requirements for each unit vary but always involve a combination of courses, seminars and supervised independent research. Students are also encouraged to take courses outside the Psychology Department, using the unique faculty strengths found on the Berkeley campus to enrich their graduate training. We are a STEM designated program.

Considering graduate school in Psychology?

Here are answers to most commonly asked questions about the process of applying to graduate school.


How do I find a program that is right for me? – See this handy decisions tree, reposted from University of Houston Psychology website, to help you determine a route to your desired Psychology career.


​For those interested in our Clinical Program, visit Mitch's Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology to answer many of your questions, including those you may have not previously considered.


What do I need to do to apply to graduate school? -  GRE scores (please note; the GRE is not required for FA23 Applications), GPA, transcripts, a curriculum vita (CV), well-written personal statement(s), and letters of recommendation. You will want to check requirements for each school to which you plan to apply, but the above links to Cal’s graduate program will give you an idea of what to expect.