Apply to the Major

2017-18 Deadlines

Spring 2018: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm

Summer 2018: Friday, July 6, 2018 at 5:00pm

Fall 2018: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00pm


Spring 2018 Psychology Major Application Now Open


Students who were admitted to UC Berkeley as freshmen in Fall 2016 or later and students admitted as transfers in Spring 2017 or later apply using this link.  (Purple Path Application)


Students who were admitted to UC Berkeley as freshmen between Fall 2014 and Spring 2016 and students admitted as transfers in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 apply using this link.  (Blue Path Application)


Students admitted prior to Fall 2014 (yellow and orange paths) may still be eligible to apply to the major.  For instructions on how to apply, contact the Psychology Student Services Office at


Application Guidelines


1. If any of the criteria are not met, students may still be admitted to the major; however, there is no guarantee. Please understand that applications will not be processed until all prerequisite courses are complete and final grades have been posted. This may mean that you will not technically be admitted to the major until the beginning of the following semester.


2. Transfer students must apply in their first semester at UC Berkeley.  Freshman may apply no earlier than their third semester, regardless of prerequisite completion. For most students, this means the fall following their first year at UC Berkeley.


*NOTE: We accept unofficial transcripts when applying to the major.

*If you've previously submitted an application and want to reapply, please send us an email at 


Advice to Pre-major students


Students who intend to declare the Psychology major are encouraged to visit the Student Services Office periodically during each semester to consult the Undergraduate Advisor and Peer Advisors, to obtain departmental literature, and to review the undergraduate bulletin boards for current information. Pre-majors are encouraged to become involved in departmental student activities and events, such as:


  • Join the Psychology Majors bCourses to receive email notifications about psychology related events and opportunities.  Send an email to and an advisor will add you. 
  • Enroll in the Student Success at Cal Part I DE-Cal course periodically offered by the Association of Psychology Undergraduates (APU).
  • "Like" us on the UC Berkeley Psychology Page on Facebook: ( to meet other UCB folks interested in Psychology.

Take a freshman or sophomore seminar with a faculty member from the Psychology Department.