Experimental Psychology (PC81)

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, provides advanced training in research in most aspects of experimental psychology. Modern laboratories and an attractive physical setting combine with a distinguished faculty, both within the Department of Psychology and in supporting disciplines, to provide research opportunities and training at the frontiers of psychological science. The graduate training program emphasizes and supports individual research, starting with the first year of study.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Sensation and Perception; Social Psychology

Department Psychology
Major Experimental Psychology
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 1, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

(The GRE is waived for applicants applying to begin program FA21.)
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Online submission of letters of recommendation preferred.

Statement of Purpose


Statement of Purpose (1500 word limit)
Include the following in your statement:
- Discuss your interests, ambitions, and experiences in psychology.
- What type of research would you do at UC San Diego?
- Which faculty members might assist you?



Contact Info

Campus Office 1533 Mandler Hall
Phone (858) 534-4416
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Psychology
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0109
La Jolla, CA 92093-0109