Introduction to the Psychology Graduate Program

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the nine campuses of the University of California. Located in west Los Angeles, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA lies in one of the most attractive areas of Southern California. The campus is bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains and the Getty Center, and at its southern gate by Westwood Village, which is an entertainment magnet with theaters, restaurants, and the Armand Hammer Museum. The treasures of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are a few miles to the east, as are the communities of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the downtown business and entertainment districts.

The Department of Psychology, one of the largest and most productive departments in the nation, is housed in Franz Hall. Its state-of-the-art facilities, numerous resources and renowned faculty provide abundant opportunities for innovative research. Indeed, many departmental faculty and researchers, recipients of over $14 million in annual extramural funding, are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Their scientific contributions, combined with the campus' remarkable growth and Los Angeles' cultural vibrancy, have hastened the University's emergence as a world-class research institution - the anchor of Southern California's intellectual and scientific achievement.

The Department offers Ph.D. training in the areas of Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Quantitative Psychology, and Social Psychology. (No separate M.A. program or Psy.D. program is offered.) In all of these areas, the central objective is to provide training and experiences necessary for graduate students to become not only skilled and dedicated researchers, but also effective communicators of the knowledge and findings on which the science of psychology rests. The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare its graduates to function effectively in a range of academic and applied settings.

Rigorous scientific training is the foundation of the UCLA Psychology Ph.D. program. As a part of this training, the Department encourages student participation in the activities of a number of related departments, schools, or organized research units of the University. For instance, the Brain Research Institute, the interdisciplinary Neuroscience and Cognitive programs, the Institute for Social Science Research, and the Neuropsychiatric Institute provide extensive research facilities for the interested student. The Fernald Child Study Center, moreover, bolsters the department's longstanding commitment to training in childhood learning and behavioral disorders. Another departmental resource is the Psychology Clinic. Our close working relations with local hospitals (e.g., the Veterans Administration), clinics and institutes provide a unique opportunity for year-round training and research. UCLA's exceptionally strong library system (the Young Research Library and the Biomedical Library, among others) perfectly complements the Department's scholarly activities.

Updated 5/01/18