2023-2024 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Psychology

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Psychology


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

November 1, 2022 (Clinical only)

December 1, 2022 (All other areas)

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants must upload a CV or resume in the application.

Applicants to all areas must indicate at least one prospective faculty mentor in the application. Applicants to the Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Learning and Behavior, and Quantitative areas may indicate up to two prospective faculty mentors. Applicants to the Developmental, Health and Social areas may indicate up to three prospective faculty mentors..

Applicants to the Quantitative area must upload a supplemental essay up to 1000 words in response to prompts to provide more detail on specific research interests and training goals.

Admission is for Fall Quarter only and on a full-time basis only.

Applications must be complete and received by the department by the deadline to be considered.

Interviews (in person or by phone) are required for Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, Learning and Behavior and Social Area finalists.

Those admitted to the Clinical area must pass a Live Scan background check, arranged by the program; this background check is required for participation in clinical practice and internships.

The department regards a broad undergraduate background in the behavioral, biological, physical, and social sciences as the best preparation for graduate study in psychology. It is desirable, but not required, to have majored in psychology as an undergraduate. Some college coursework in statistics or advanced mathematics is required; please visit the departmental website for additional information.

Program Name


Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants, although the M.A. may be awarded en route to the Ph.D.

Major Code



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