All application materials, including official transcripts and official scores, must be uploaded using UCSB's Graduate Division online application. Learn more here.
All materials must be received by the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications received near the deadline date, we strongly recommend that you apply early.
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Generally, admission decisions will be made beginning in early February and can last until the end of April. Applications are sent for admission consideration only when they are complete. It is to your benefit to complete your application as soon as possible.
No. Graduate Division does not allow deferments. If you are admitted but are unable to attend your admission quarter, you must reapply for admission. Readmission is not guaranteed.
In order to officially inform the GGSE that you wish to attend or not attend UCSB, you need to complete the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) online. The SIR can be accessed through your online application. Please login to your electronic application and look for the (SIR). Once completed the GGSE will be able to view your decision to attend or not attend UCSB. For more information please consult your admit letter.
A GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission, without an exception from the UCSB Graduate Division. However, we recommend that applicants to CCSP have a GPA of 3.5-3.7 or above.
Most students enter after having completed a B.A./B.S. degree with a major in psychology, but this is not a requirement. Regardless of undergraduate major, newly admitted students who have not taken introductory undergraduate or graduate courses in human development, psychological measurement, and statistics in the past five years are required to take graduate-level courses in these areas during their first year in the program. Taking these classes before applying would make someone a more competitive applicant.
Research experience, paid or unpaid work in clinical settings, as well as excellent letters of recommendation, and publications or presentations are important. These items would make an applicant more competitive. Our faculty admit students who have similar research interests. When applying to our program, it’s important that you review our faculty research and academic interests and note in your statement of purpose which faculty you’d like to work with, the area (counseling, clinical, or school) that best fits with your professional goals, and how your research interests align. Applicants applying to our program are admitted by the faculty according to their research interests (i.e., faculty with counseling as their specialty will bring in a student with counseling as their emphasis).
We suggest that you have strong letters of recommendation, GPA around 3.5-3.7 or above, and that your research and academic interests match up to one of our professors. Research experience is positively looked upon as well as publications.
If an applicant's file is complete by November 15, it will be reviewed and candidates will be selected for an interview. Those selected for an interview will be notified of a date and time. The purpose of the interview is to enable the admissions committee to secure direct information concerning the applicant's professional interests, motives for choosing this degree program, and related past experiences. If it is impossible for the applicant to come for an interview because of excessive distance, other methods will be arranged.
The writing sample is based on your research experience; either research on the job, a research project, or a class paper. There is no length limit, but should be substantial enough to show yourself to be competitive. Faculty are looking for strong writing skills and place more emphasis on the context of the paper than the content. Applicants are not exempt from submitting a writing sample if they do not have one that is related to research in some way. All applicants must submit a sample. Your application will not be reviewed without one.
Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until we have received all of your materials. This includes official transcripts and letters of recommendation.
For more information on applying to a graduate program at UCSB, please visit http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/admissions(link is external).
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For further questions, you can reach out to our program staff via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (805) 893-3375.
Official transcripts should be sent directly to you. You will upload them as part of your online application.
Request official transcripts well in advance of the application deadline. Once you receive the official transcript envelope, unseal and open the envelope, then scan and upload the official transcript to your online application.
Upload transcripts from each institution that you have attended and where you have completed more than 12 units.
The online application process allows us to expedite the review process. Mailed official transcripts are not allowed during the initial application process.
You may log back into the eApp portal using your username and password to check the status of your application. Please allow one to two weeks for your application and materials to be received.
It is to the applicant's advantage to apply early rather than close to the deadline. No application will be processed or reviewed until the application fee has been received.
No, the Gevirtz School does not require or accept GRE scores as part of the application process.