How to Apply
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: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.