Application & Instructions

The application for Fall 2022 admission will be available after September 6, 2021 at…

The deadline to submit the application and all supporting materials (e.g. letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) for Fall 2022 admission for the Clinical area only is November 1, 2021. The deadline for all other areas (Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, Quantitative, and Social) is December 1, 2021


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 Information for Prospective Students and Preparation 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 seven areas in the Department of Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, 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 the department. 

We do not accept current graduate students transferring directly into our program. Current graduate students that wish to transfer into our program would need to apply and have their material reviewed 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.


Behavioral Neuroscience Area: Avi Adhikari, H. Tad Blair, Aaron Blaisdell, Dean Buonomano, David Clewett, Michael Fanselow, Adriana Galván, Alicia Izquierdo, Katherine Karlsgodt, Pamela Kennedy, Barbara Knowlton, Hakwan Lau, Martin Monti, Lara Ray, Dario Ringach, Jesse Rissman, Stan Schein, Ladan Shams, Melissa Sharpe, Kate Wassum, Andrew Wikenheiser, Cindy Yee-Bradbury

Clinical Area: Denise Chavira, Bruce Chorpita, Michelle Craske, Katherine Karlsgodt, Steve Lee, Vickie Mays, Lauren Ng, Lara Ray, Cindy Yee-Bradbury

Cognitive Area: Idan Blank, Alan Castel, Patricia Cheng, David Clewett, Keith Holyoak, Phil Kellman, Barbara Knowlton, Zili Liu, Hongjing Lu, Martin Monti, Jesse Rissman, Ladan Shams

Developmental AreaBridget Callaghan, Erica Cartmill, Adriana Galvan, Andrew Fuligni, Jennifer Silvers, Catherine Sandhofer, James Stigler

Health AreaJulienne Bower, Christine Dunkel Schetter, Theodore Robles, Jennifer Sumner, Annette Stanton, A. Janet Tomiyama, Patrick Wilson

Quantitative AreaHan Du, Craig Enders, Amanda Kay Montoya, Steven Paul Reise

Social Area: Tiffany Brannon, Naomi Eisenberger, Yuen Huo, Kerri Johnson, Martie Haselton, Matthew Lieberman, Carolyn Parkinson, Efren Perez


Applicants that are invited to interview will be notified through email at least two weeks prior. Applicants that are not offered admission to our program for Fall 2022 will be notified by email no later than April 15, 2022. 

Behavioral Neuroscience and Cognitive Areas: TBD

Clinical Area: TBD

Developmental Area: TBD

Health Area: TBD

Quantitative Area: TBD

Social Area: TBD


A) Statement of Purpose & Personal Statement:

The Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement must be submitted electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application. Guidelines for the Statement of Purpose: Your statement can be up to 1000 words in length. 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 Statement: Your 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. Additional Essays: Applicants to the Quantitative area must provide a supplementary essay up to 1000 words describing their research interests in more detail. Supplementary essays are available in the ‘Psychology’ section of the application once you select ‘Psychology PHD’ under ‘Plans for Graduate Study’.

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,, etc. must also submit letters electronically through the UCLA Graduate Division Application for the letters to be accepted. 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:

All applicants must upload transcripts with the application. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for review purposes. If you are recommended for admission and decide to accept the offer, you must submit final, official copies of your transcript for final approval of your admission by Graduate Division’s Graduate Admissions Office. Any discrepancies between the unofficial and official transcripts could lead to withdrawal of an offer of admission. International applicants must upload copies of original and translated international transcripts per the country- or educational system-specific guidelines here: UCLA does not accept international transcripts evaluated or verified by a service such as World Education Services (WES). 

D) Test Scores:

  • GRE General Test: Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2022-2023 academic year are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores. 
  • 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 2021 (i.e. for entry in Fall 2022). 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 2022. For details, see the Clinical area website
  • To ensure your official test scores are properly processed if you choose to submit them, 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.
  • 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 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 for the nearest IELTS test center.