Application FAQs

Please begin by reading the "How to Apply" page accessed from the drop down list to the left. If you have questions while following the procedures listed there, return to this page for clarification.

Where do I send my application materials?

All application materials, including official transcripts and official scores, must be uploaded and received to the online electronic application by the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications received near the deadline date, it is to the applicant's advantage to APPLY EARLY rather than close to the deadline. 

How can I check my application to find out if all my application materials were received?

You may log back into your online electronic application using the same username and password to check your materials. Please allow one week minimum of processing time from the time of the paid application submission. The processing time can take up to two weeks near the deadline, thus 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.

Do I need to submit GRE scores?

No, the Department of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology does not require or accept GRE scores as part of the application process.

What if I am an International Applicant?

The UCSB Office of International Students & Scholars provides useful Information about the cost of attending UCSB, getting Visas, housing, financing your education in the US, etc. Please also note that International Students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test when applying to Graduate School at UCSB unless they have attended and can provide a transcript for a degree received (or anticipated in the current academic year) from an accredited college or university in the United States or other English speaking country.

When will admission decisions be made?

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.

I was admitted to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education but am unable to attend, can I defer my admission?

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.

How do I notify the GGSE that I do or not wish to attend, if I am admitted?

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.

Is there a GPA requirement for admission?

A GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission, without an exception from the University Graduate Division. However, we recommend that applicants have a GPA of 3.5-3.7 or above.

What do most admitted students have undergraduate degrees in?

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.

What are the most important pieces of the application?

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).

What would make my application more competitive?

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.  

Are interviews required as part of the application process?

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.

Can I get more clarification regarding the writing sample?

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.

Where can I mail my official transcripts to?

Due ot the electronic nature of the online application, and to expedite the review of applications by our faculty, mailed official transcripts are not allowed during the initial application process. Applicants should ensure they order official transcripts to themselves well in advance of the application deadline. Once you receive the official transcript envelope, unseal and open the envelope, and scan and upload the official transcript to your online application. This step must be repeated for each institution you have attended and completed over 12 units. Technical tips for uploading official transcripts can be found here.

What if I don't have all of my application materials in by the deadline?

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. 

What if my question wasn't answered here?

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