Admissions

How do I apply?

What are the requirements?

What should I write in my application?

How many students are accepted each year?

Who should apply?

Can international students apply?

 

Program

What courses do I take?

How do I enroll in courses?

How do I get practical experience?

How do I find a research lab to work in?

How do I find an internship?

How long does the program take to complete?

Is it possible to transfer coursework from my undergraduate degree?

Can I complete this program if I work a full-time day job (e.g., 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday)?

 

Certificate/Transcript

What kind of certification will I receive?

Will this certificate guarantee admission into my first choice graduate school?

Will this certificate help me get a job?

How do I get a transcript?

 

Costs

How much does it cost?

Is financial aid available?

Is housing available?

Are veterans benefits available?


 

FAQs

Admissions

How do I apply?

          1)  Your application must be submitted by mail to the address below (application can be found at: https://eee.uci.edu/15s/51044)

          2)  Transcripts (unofficial are OK) must be sent via mail to the address below or via email to Claudia Campos at cfcampos@uci.edu .

          3)  Sealed letters of recommendation may be mailed via hard copy to the address below or emailed directly from the letter writer to Claudia Campos at cfcampos@uci.edu.

          4)  The application fee is $75.00. You may either mail a check (payable to The Regents of the University of California - submitted with your application) or provide your credit card information on the application.

          Our mailing address is:

          Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior
          c/o UCI Division of Continuing Education Student Services
          PO Box 6050
          Irvine, CA 92616-6050

For more information, visit: http://psb.soceco.uci.edu/content/applying-post-baccalaureate-program

What are the requirements?

A bachelor’s degree is required (in any discipline/major).  You need to have earned this bachelor's degree before beginning our program.

The admissions committee will review all application materials. There is no minimum GPA, and the GRE is not required; however, our program is competitive and applicants who are likely to succeed in this program and in future graduate study are more likely to be admitted.

What should I write in my application?

The application will ask you to write a statement of purpose in which you answer specific questions about your background and goals, such as:

What kind of psychology-related education or training do you currently have? 
What are your career goals? 
Why do you want to enroll in our program?  What do you hope to learn/gain from this program?  What area(s) of psychology are you most interested in? 
If you are interested in gaining research experience, which faculty in our department would you most like to work with and why?  (View our faculty directory here: http://psb.soceco.uci.edu/faculty)
If you are interested in gaining internship experience, what kind(s) of internship experiences (e.g., what kinds of positions or organizations) are you looking for?

How many students are accepted each year?

Due to the individualized opportunities available in our Post-baccalaureate program, space is limited by the capacity of the department.  Typically, about 25-30 students are admitted per year.

Who should apply?

People seek out our Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology and Social Behavior for a variety of reasons.  Some of our students have a bachelor's degree in a field other than psychology, whereas other students have a bachelor's degree in psychology.  Regardless of their background, our students come to our program for one of two reasons:

1) To acquire knowledge and skills that will help them change careers or advance in their current career. 

2) To prepare for a psychology-related graduate degree (e.g., M.A., Psy.D., or Ph.D.) or other relevant graduate degree (e.g., M.D., MPH)

Although completion of our program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program (or job) of your choice, it can provide you with the foundation of knowledge, research laboratory and/or internship experience, letters of recommendation, and personalized guidance/advising needed to make your graduate school (or job) application more competitive.

Can international students apply?

We do not accept applications from international students.  However, you may wish to apply for UCI's International Graduate Studies Preparation Program, which is specifically designed to prepare international students for admission to graduate school.  You can learn more about this program at: http://unex.uci.edu/international/graduate/

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Program

What courses do I take?

You will work with your faculty advisor to determine which courses to take based on your background and career/academic goals.  There are a wide variety of courses to choose from each year, including courses in research methods/statistics, social/personality psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, clinical/counseling psychology, and psychology & the law, which will provide you with a broad understanding of the field of psychology. A total of eight courses is required to complete the program; most students take 2-3 courses per quarter. 

For more information, please visit: http://psb.soceco.uci.edu/content/coursework-post-baccalaureate-program

How do I enroll in courses?

Enroll through UCI Division of Continuing Education (http://ce.uci.edu/) during the academic year and pay fees as an ACCESS student, currently $1201 per course**: http://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/forms/access_uci.pdf

During the summer, you may choose to take courses by registering through Summer Session and pay according to the visitor fee scale, currently $339 per unit**.

**Note: tuition/fees are subject to change on an annual basis

How do I get practical experience?

Many students consider the hands-on experience they gain to be one of the most valuable parts of our certificate program.  Depending on your personal goals, you may  work in a research lab (collaborating with faculty and graduate students on current research projects) and/or work on-site at one of our many partners in the Field Study Internship Program (http://fieldstudy.soceco.uci.edu/). Internship locations include mental health clinics/counseling centers, non-profit agencies, and schools.

How do I find a research lab to work in?

As you prepare your application, you should review our list of faculty and identify the labs in which you are interested, and you should list  those faculty on your application.  The faculty advisor will assist with matching your interests and available positions in department labs.

How do I find an internship?

The Field Study Internship Program (http://fieldstudy.soceco.uci.edu/) has partnerships with hundreds of organizations in Orange County (and beyond), such as the CSP Youth Shelter in Laguna Beach, NOVA Academy Early College High School in Santa Ana, and  the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California in Orange (just to name a few).  The faculty advisor will assist you in identifying an appropriate internship site and guide you in the application/selection process to ensure that the internship helps you meet your goals. 

How long does the program take to complete?

The length of the program depends on how many courses you take each quarter.  The program could be completed in as few as 6 months (if you took 4 courses per quarter) or as long as 24 months (if you took one course per quarter).  The faculty advisor will help you determine your schedule based on your availability and goals.  Most students have been completing the program in 9 months (3 quarters) to 15 months (5 quqarters).

Is it possible to transfer coursework from my undergraduate degree?

There is no need to transfer course credits. If you have taken psychology courses as an undergraduate, you will not repeat those courses. Rather, the faculty advisor will assist you in selecting coursework that will best help you meet your goals. 

Can I complete this program while I am working full-time (e.g., Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm)?

You are discouraged from working full-time while you are in our program.  Most (if not all) of our research labs require research assistants to be availble during weekday hours, so if you are not available from 9-5 on Monday through Friday, you might not be able to participate in any hands-on research opportunities.  Also, some of our courses are never offered in the evening or online, so there would be some courses that you would not have the opportunity to take if you were not available during regular business hours.  That being said, a small number of students have completed our program while working full time - so, it is possible.  Because the program can be completed at your own pace, it is OK to take only one course per quarter (or even occassionally take a quarter off, if things are especially busy at work).   Furthermore, we do offer several night courses (and the occasional online course), and some of the field study/internship sites are willing to take on interns who can only work in the evening and on weekends.  That being said, you would miss out on valuable opportunities and events if your work schedule was not at least a little bit flexible.

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Certificate/Transcript

What kind of certification will I receive?

You will receive a certificate stating that you have completed the requirements of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology and Social Behavior, and your UCI transcript will show your course credits. You must have a minimum C grade in each course in order to receive a certificate.

Will this certificate guarantee admission into my first choice graduate school?

While completion of our program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program of your choice, it will provide you with the foundation of knowledge, laboratory and/or internship experience, and letters of recommendation that can make your application more competitive.

We expect that students who earn the certificate will be competitive applicants for graduate programs, including Master's degree, Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs in clinical/counseling psychology, social/personality psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, education, public health, and psychology & law. This certificate may also be helpful for students applying to medical school.

Will this certificate help me get a job?

While completion of our program does not guarantee a career change or advancement, you will be better equipped with knowledge and experience on your resume, and you may request letters of recommendation from faculty and internships supervisors with whom you have built professional relationships.  In addition, your internship may give you valuable networking opportunities that introduce you to people who can help you find employment opportunities.

How do I get a transcript?

You may print an unofficial transcript at no cost as needed. You may request an official UCI transcript showing your coursework credits and grades for a $20. 

Transcript request form: http://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/forms/transcript_request.pdf

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Financial

How much does it cost?

The cost includes a program fee of $8,000 and course fees of $1201 per course.  Completion of the entire certificate program (8 courses) totals approximately $17,600.

Is financial aid available?

 Private financing is available through preferred UC lenders:  http://ce.uci.edu/courses/access_uci/assistance.aspx.   

Is housing available?

Post-bacc students are not eligible for on-campus housing; however, we do have several suggestions of places you can look for housing and/or roomates:  1)  The Psychology and Social Behavior facebook page; 2) The University of California, Irvine public group facebook page; 3) The University HIlls website (http://uhills.org/ads-list); 4) The UCI Off Campus Housing website (https://offcampus.housing.uci.edu/); 5)  Craigslist (http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/); 6) Apartments.com (http://www.apartments.com/irvine-ca/); 7) The Apartment Guide (http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/California/Irvine/); and 8) Zilllow (http://www.zillow.com/irvine-ca/rentals/).  Also, if you are accepted to the program, we will help connect you with other post-bacc students who may also be looking for a place to look, in the event that you wish to search for an apartment/house together.

Are veterans benefits available?

Unfortunately, at this time, veterans benefits cannot be used for our program.

UCI Post-Baccalaurate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior is self-supporting.  Under California law and University of California Policy, Cal-Vet College Fee Waiver benefits cannot be used towards UCI Division of Continuing Education programs or self-supporting UC programs.  The Cal-Vet College Fee Waiver applies only to system wide tuition and fees charged for state supported UC programs.  Please visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/veteran-services-benefits/education.

For students that would like to use their Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance benefit or their Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits , they would need to enroll in a VA approved program.  Because our post-bacc program is relatively new, the UCI Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior is not yet a VA approved program.  At this time, due to new regulations regarding the program approval process, we are working with the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education to get our program approved.  We don’t know when or if the Psychology and Social Behavior Post-Baccalaureate program would be a VA approved program - but I will update this website as soon as I have any addition information.

Please contact Karen Tseng, the school certifying official for UCI Division of Continuing Education, at Karen.Tseng@unx.uci.edu if you have additional questions about veterans benefits.

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