Application & Instructions

The application for Fall 2020 admission to the UCLA Psychology Ph.D. Program is closed. The application for Fall 2021 admission will open in September 2020.

The deadline to submit the application and all supporting materials (e.g. test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) for Fall 2021 admission will be December 1, 2020

IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ONLINE UCLA GRADUATE DIVISION APPLICATION, PLEASE EMAIL THE UCLA GRADUATE DIVISION ADMISSIONS OFFICE AT onlineAppHelp@grad.ucla.edu.

Please note there is no Departmental Application. The only application you need to complete is the online UCLA Graduate Division Application.  Applications are accepted once a year for the Fall quarter only. 

BE SURE TO READ The Ph.D. Program: An Overview and Preparing for Admission PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION!  In addition, be sure to visit the link to the specific program to which you plan to apply for additional information. 

You may only apply to one of the eight areas in the Department of Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, Learning and Behavior, Quantitative and, Social.

We do not offer rolling admissions or early acceptance into our program. We also do not offer a Graduate Open House, Group Information Sessions, or tours of Franz Hall. 

Current graduate students that wish to enter our program must submit the UCLA Graduate Division Application and send their GRE scores and transcript(s) to the department. All of their material will be reviewed by our Admissions Committee along with the rest of the applicants that apply.

Please note that a writing sample is not required but can be submitted through the online UCLA Graduate Division Application.


FACULTY ACCEPTING STUDENTS FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION:

Behavioral Neuroscience Area: TBA

Clinical AreaTBA

Cognitive AreaTBA

Developmental AreaTBA

Health AreaTBA

Learning & Behavior AreaTBA

Quantitative AreaTBA

Social: TBA


INTERVIEW SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION:

Applicants that are invited to an interview event will be notified through email at least two weeks before the event. If an applicant is invited to an interview and is not able to come in person, it is possible to conduct an interview on Skype or over the telephone. Applicants that are not offered admission to our program for Fall 2021 will be notified by email no later than April 15, 2021. 

Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive, and Learning & Behavior Areas: TBA

Clinical Area: TBA

Developmental Area: TBA

Health Area: TBA

Quantitative Area: TBA

Social Area: TBA


*** NOTE: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED ***

A) Statement of Purpose & Personal History Statement:

The Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement must be submitted electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. We will not accept a Statement of Purpose or Personal History Statement that is not submitted electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. Guidelines for the Statement of Purpose: Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1 page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). Please state your purpose in applying for graduate study. Describe your scholarly and research area(s) of interest, experiences that contributed to your preparation in the field, and your plans for your future occupation or profession. Briefly describe experiences that have prepared you for advanced study or research, and provide any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors. Guidelines for the Personal History StatementYour statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1 page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). Describe how your background, accomplishments, and life experiences (those not already described in your Statement of Purpose) led to your decision to pursue the graduate degree for which you are applying. Include any educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges or opportunities relevant to your academic journey. In addition, please describe any aspects of your personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that will allow the department to evaluate your contributions to the University's diversity mission. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms, such as efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the need of a diverse population, or research that explores inequalities. 

B) Three Letters of Recommendation:

It is your choice who you would like to choose as your recommenders. Your letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically by your recommenders either before or after you submit the UCLA Graduate Division Application. It is also possible to send your letter of recommendation requests to your recommenders before you submit the Application. Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. Letter of Recommendation Services such as your school's Career Center, Interfolio.com, etc. must also submit letters electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application for the letters to be accepted. We will not accept letters of recommendation that are not submitted electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. It is possible to submit more than three (3) letters of recommendation through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. However, only three (3) letters of recommendation are required. The Letter of Recommendation Rating/Reference Form will only be sent to your recommenders when they submit your letters electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application.

C) Transcripts:

Please submit one (1) unofficial copy of your transcript electronically from each school (community college, college, university) you have attended through the UCLA Graduate Division Application.

In addition, one (1) official transcript from each school (community college, college, university) you have attended must also be mailed to the Department of Psychology to the address indicated below or submitted electronically from your university to gradadm@psych.ucla.edu by the application deadline (this includes applicants from UCLA) Applicants that have received Advanced Placement (AP) credit or Study Abroad credit or credit for advanced high school courses taken from a community college while still in high school do not need to send AP score reports or Study Abroad transcripts or a community college transcript as long as the AP courses or Study Abroad courses or advanced high school courses are indicated on their school transcript from which they receive their bachelor's degree.

D) Test Scores:

  • To ensure your official test scores are properly processed, please be sure the personal information provided in the UCLA Graduate Division Application matches exactly the information provided to the testing service. Do not wait for your test results to complete the UCLA Graduate Division Application. Educational Testing Service (ETS) sends scores electronically to UCLA. The institution code for UCLA is 4837. The department/major code is not necessary.  
  • Official test scores for both the General and the Psychology Subject Test cannot be more than five years old. If the GRE General and Psychology Subject Test are taken more than once, the most recent scores are considered. There are no minimum scores required for the GRE General and Psychology Subject Test.
  • GRE General Test: Toward the goal of reducing barriers for applicants most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest sparked by racial injustice, the GRE General Test requirement has been waived for all applicants for Fall 2021 admission.
  • GRE Psychology Subject Test: Under normal circumstances, the GRE Psychology Subject Test would be required for all applications to the Clinical area. However, in light of the challenges posed by COVID-19, the GRE Psychology Subject Test will be optional for students submitting applications to our program in 2020 (i.e. for entry in Fall 2021). Applications will be accepted without GRE Psychology Subject test scores. However, applicants offered admission to the Clinical program may be advised to take and submit GRE Psychology Subject Test scores prior to starting the program in Fall 2021. For details, see the Clinical area website. If you are applying to Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning and Behavior, Quantitative, or Social, the subject test is NOT required. If you are applying to Health, the subject test is not required but recommended. If you are applying to Developmental, the subject test is not required but is recommended for applicants who did not major in Psychology or a closely related discipline. If you are applying to Cognitive, the subject test in Psychology or other fields related to cognitive psychology is not required but encouraged.
  • TOEFL or IELTS EXAM: INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS whose first language is not English must, in addition to the GREs, submit an official TOEFL (Test of English As a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life and the language of instruction (i.e., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from both theTOEFL/IELTS requirement and the English as a Second Language Placement Examination. The minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are 560 on the paper and pencil test, 220 on the computer-based test, or 87 on the internet-based test (TOEFL/IBT), or overall band score of 7.0 (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for only two years. Educational Testing Service (ETS) sends scores electronically to UCLA. The institution code for UCLA is 4837. The department/major code is not necessary. Please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for GRE and TOEFL test scheduling, registration, and information. Visit the Educational Testing Service web site at www.ets.org or call them at (510) 873-8100 (West Coast) or (609) 771-7100 (East Coast). IELTS is administered by local IELTS test centers throughout the world. Applicants should consult www.ielts.org for the nearest IELTS test center.

Please mail official transcripts to:

UCLA Department of Psychology
Attn: Graduate Admissions
BOX 951563, 1285 Franz Hall 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563

 

Updated 6/23/20