Application Deadlines & Instructions


Application instructions are below. 

Application instructions to the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychological Science can be found here.

The application for Fall 2022 will open October 1, 2021. It can be accessed HERE.

Doctoral Programs

Criminology, Law and Society Ph.D.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

Psychological Science Ph.D.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Psychological Science with a concentration in Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021 

Social Ecology Core Ph.D.

The Core program is currently at capacity and plans to reopen admission as space becomes available. Please check this page for future updates.

Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy Ph.D.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

On-campus Master's Programs

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 for Priority Consideration

Master of Urban Regional Planning (MURP)

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022 for Priority Consideration. 

Online Master's Programs

Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law, & Society

Application Deadlines:

March 1, 2022 for Priority Consideration.

May 15, 2022 for Regular Consideration.

After May 15, 2021, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis until June 30, 2022.

Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology (MLFP)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022 for Priority Consideration. After that date, the admissions committee will consider applications on a rolling basis until May 15, 2022.

Application Steps

General requirements for admission include the completion of a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent.

1) Complete and submit your Application for Admission online

  • The GRE is NOT required for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Higher Education Database are waived from the English Language Proficiency requirement. Otherwise, applicants may be required to submit English-proficiency test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) for admissions purposes. The UCI institution code for the TOEFL is 4859. An institution code is not required for the IELTS. 
  • The PhD programs in the Department of Psychological Science do NOT require the Psychology Subject Test. 
  • All applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History Statement.
    • The MAS requires applicants to respond to specific prompts for the statements.

Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information.

2) Submit your non-refundable application fee ($120 for U.S. Citizens & lawful U.S. Permanent Residents and $140 for all other applicants)

  • Application Fee can be paid by credit card only; checks will not be accepted.
  • Fee waivers are available for domestic applicants.

After submitting the application fee, your application will be processed and you will receive e-mail confirmation.

3) Provide three letters of recommendation

  • Letters of Recommendation letters must be uploaded digitally –  paper LORs will not be accepted.
  • Letters that speak to your academic and/or professional achievement, describe your strengths and weaknesses,
    and comment on your character, integrity and motivation are especially useful.
  • The application will accept Interfolio.  If you need any support or have questions regarding Interfolio, please contact them directly. 

Additional information regarding letters of recommendation can be found here.

4) Scan and upload transcripts to the online application from ALL institutions attended after high school.

  • Upload both the FRONT and the BACK side of the transcript.
  • Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following:
    your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend.
  • DO NOT send official transcripts until they are requested.

5) Any supplemental materials your program requests may be uploaded to the online application.

  • The MPP program requires the submission of a resume or CV.
  • The MAS program requires the submission of a resume or CV.
  • The MLFP program requires the submission of a resume or CV.

For questions regarding program or application requirements, please email

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your application, please email