How to Apply

Apply for Admission to the Psychology Ph.D. program.

Admission Requirements - Fall 2017  FINAL Deadline: December 1, 2016

All transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores must be RECEIVED by December 10th!
The Fall 2017 application and additional information on applying to graduate school at UC Davis is available at:


The Psychology graduate office will be closed December 22, 2016 through January 3, 2017. 
During this time you may not be able to reach the Psychology Graduate Program or the Office of Graduate Studies for information regarding your application status. Please be patient, we will do our best to promptly respond to your inquiries once the office has reopened on January 4th.

Application Requirements

We do not have any course pre-requisites. An MA is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program. Students may apply directly from a bachelor’s degree program.


Select your preferred faculty mentor(s)

You will be asked to indicate up to six faculty members with whom you wish to work. The Psychology Ph.D. is a mentorship program. Please read about the faculty in your area and identify those whose research closely matches your own interests. We recommend that you also contact the faculty to ensure they will be accepting graduate students for the next academic year.

GRE Scores

General exam only, Psychology subject exam not required. Please submit test scores electronically through ETS. The UC Davis school code is 4834. It is not necessary to list the department code.


You will upload unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended after you submit your application. Please follow the instructions in the application and in the confirmation email that will be sent to you after you submit your application. More information can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies here:

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. It is not possible to have more than three recommenders. Recommenders will be contacted directly by the University to upload their letters. Unfortunately, we do not currently support document agencies such as Interfolio. The recommender must upload the letter directly via the link provided to them.

Statement of Purpose

Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specializations and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis. (Maximum 4000 characters, including spaces)

  • preparation and motivation may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example: coursework, employment, exhibitions, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, studio projects, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
  • interests, specializations, and career goals may include your research interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
  • fit may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. Please identify specific faculty within your desired graduate program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own.

Personal History and Diversity Statement

The purpose of this essay is to get know you as an individual and potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education. This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.  (Maximum 4000 characters, including spaces)

Application Fee

$105 for U.S. applicants or $125 for international applicants.

International Applicants

English language testing is required, not just for international students, but for all applicants whose native language or primary language of instruction is not English.  UC Davis accepts both the TOEFL and IELTS examinations.  For more information about these tests, please go to the TOEFL/IELTS Requirement section.