Ph.D. Program Overview

The Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB) Ph.D. program provides students with a strong foundation in theory, research methods and advanced statistics, as well as in the classic and contemporary issues.

Students collaborate with faculty on research from the very beginning of their graduate training and are encouraged to gain research experience with more than one faculty member. As student’s interests and skills develop, they pursue more independent research projects.

With 31 full-time faculty to serve as mentors for approximately 70 graduate students, our students enjoy the benefits of a program with an excellent faculty-to-student ratio and with a strong sense of community. Because students work closely with faculty throughout their graduate careers, they regularly have opportunities to co-author conference presentations, journal articles, and book chapters.


Ph.D. students select a primary (major) specialization in one of the following four core areas:

Admission Requirements (see also FAQs below)

  1. A complete online application, which includes a Statement of Purpose.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school. In order for transcripts to be official, they must be sent directly from the institution.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UCI is: 4859. Please visit the Graduate Division Website for more information.
  5. If you have not earned a diploma or advanced degree within a country where English is the primary or dominant language, then you are required to submit English-proficiency test scores. Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information.

Please send application materials (official transcripts, resume/CV, writing sample, additional letters of recommendation, etc.) to the following address:

University of California, Irvine
School of Social Ecology (Attn: Irice Castro)
5315 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-7050

Application Process

When completing your application, be sure to select the following:

UCI has multiple psychology programs, so please be sure to select the correct program to avoid a delay in processing your application. If you are interested in Cognitive Neuroscience, please visit the School of Social Sciences.

Additionally, please specify your area of interest from one of our four specializations. Please note: The concentration in Psychology and Law must be paired with a specialization.

If you would like additional information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact us here.

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