How to Apply: School Psychology

Applicants must submit all materials for the School Psychology Program (PhD) by Mon., Dec. 4th, 2023 @ 8:59 p.m. (PST)

Admission to the School Psychology Program is based on a comprehensive review of academic, professional, and personal information presented in the application. Although there is an emphasis on academic preparedness, the School Psychology Admissions Committee also looks at involvement in research experiences; experiences in schools or other educational settings; leadership experiences; letters of recommendation; socioeconomic status; and first generation status in college, with the goal of enrolling a diverse class of students. Students who did not complete a major or minor in psychology can strengthen their application by showing that they have mastered the fundamental knowledge in psychology (e.g., by completing a post-baccalaureate program).

If you would like additional information on UC Berkeley’s School Psychology program, please join us for a virtual information session on October 26th, 2023 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm PST. This session will offer general information about the program from faculty and current students, while also providing space to ask about the application process or any general questions about Berkeley. Please register by clicking HERE.

Online Application

  • Application deadline: Monday, December 4th, 2023 @ 8:59 p.m. (PST).
  • The online application for admission can be found at the Graduate Division website.
    • Select Term: Fall; Degree objective: Education Credential/PhD.
    • All uploaded documents should be in PDF format only.

All materials are due by the application deadline.

All application materials become property of the University of California. Materials can neither be returned to you nor released to any other party.

Application Fee

  • When you apply for graduate admission, you will be required to submit the application fee using a major credit card.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $135; for all others, the fee is $155.
  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • You may qualify for an application fee waiver. To check eligibility, visit the Graduate Division website

Program Information

Faculty Adviser
You will be required to select and rank up to three (3) faculty members with whom you wish to work and whose research best reflects your interests.

Adviser Choices
Briefly tell us why you chose these faculty members and why this rank order.


You are required to submit two essays: a Statement of Purpose, and a Personal History. There is no minimum or maximum length. We recommend one to three pages; 12-point font; and single-spaced, for each essay.

Statement of Purpose

Describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in school psychology, including your preparation for this field of study; your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study; and your future career goals. Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.

Personal History 

Describe how your personal background and experiences inform your decision to pursue a graduate degree. In this section, you may also include any relevant information:

  • on how you have overcome barriers to access higher education;
  • evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others;
  • evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education;
  • evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality; or
  • evidence of your leadership among such groups.

GPA Worksheet

You must calculate your Advanced GPA, which is defined as all coursework after the first two years of your bachelor's degree.

For applicants whose undergraduate trajectory was not a standard 4 years at one institution, simply use your last two years of your Undergraduate degree.

If you need a GPA calculator, we recommend this online resource.

If you have a graduate degree, there is a separate box for you to enter your graduate degree GPA.

If your GPA is not on a 4.0 scale there is no need to convert it. Enter it as is, in the appropriate GPA box.


  • Scan and upload PDF copies of all transcripts.
    • Unofficial transcripts should include all information an official transcript would:
      • Student information (i.e., first/last name)
      • Institution information
      • Degree conferral date(s) when applicable
      • All coursework information
  • Hard copies are not accepted.
  • Upload ​​transcripts from every post-secondary school you have attended, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.
    • Upload PDF scans of your final transcripts from institutions where you did not receive a degree (e.g., community college) if you received credit that was later applied toward your degree, or if credit from that institution is listed on your bachelor's degree transcript.
  • Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into our program; please do not send transcripts before official acceptance.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation.

  • At least two (2) should be academic letters.

You will add the recommenders' information to the online application. Each recommender is then responsible for uploading their letter directly into the online portal.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You are required to submit a resume that includes education and professional work history; other professional activities (e.g., professional organizations); professional productivity (e.g., professional publications or professional development); and other major professional, vocational, community, or recreational activities, interests, and pursuits.

Submit via the online Graduate Division application, Resume/CV section.

English Language Proficiency

  • All applicants who have completed a basic degree in a country/region in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.
  • Use recipient code 4833 for UC Berkeley.
  • For current information regarding this requirement, visit the Graduate Division website.

Supplemental Requirements for Credential Applicants

Basic Skills Requirement
If you are accepted into the School Psychology Program, you must fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement. You do not need to fulfill this requirement as part of the application process.

The Basic skills requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of the following:

  • Pass the CBEST
  • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or CSU Placement Exams
  • Achieve qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • Pass a basic skills exam from another state
  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework*

For more information about the options for fulfilling the Basic Skills Requirement please visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Review Process

A faculty admissions committee will review all completed application files for their relevant area of study. In accordance with students' active participation in School of Education governance, students will also participate in the admissions process (e.g., admissions interviews). In addition to grades and test scores, we will assess your application by noting achievements in graduate study, employment, and other activities you describe in your statement of purpose.

The School Psychology Program requires interviews of top-ranked applicants. We will notify all applicants who need to fulfill this requirement. Interviews will be conducted by arrangement with program staff.

Notification of Decision

The School of Education sends recommendations for admission to the Graduate Division between February and April for final approval. Notice from the Graduate Division constitutes official approval of admission. Communication or correspondence with the School of Education or an individual faculty member does not constitute approval of admission.