Prepare now and apply for Fall 2015 Graduate Admission beginning September 2014.

Haas Business, Boalt Law, and Optometry OD, applicants should apply through their respective schools.

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When to do it: Now

Explore the 100+ graduate programs offered at Berkeley, visit the campus, get to know the strengths of our faculty and who you would want to pursue your studies with, and consider the financial and lifestyle aspects of attending graduate school.

Prepare Your Application

When to do it: Begin at least 3 months before you apply.

You can apply for Fall admission beginning in September the year before you plan to attend.  To prepare be sure to complete the following steps:

Apply Online

When to do it: September to December, but as late as February depending on the program.

You apply for graduate admission online, and will be required to submit the application fee using a major credit card.  The application fee is not refundable. If you are a U.S. Citizen or current Permanent Resident, the application fee is $90; for all others, the fee is $110. You will need to provide complete information about your academic and professional history, and may be asked to provide your CV, resume, or links to your portfolio.  You will also be asked to upload your transcripts and provide the contact information for your recommenders.

Your recommenders will receive an email at the email address you provide when you apply and will be asked to follow a link to submit their recommendation.

Check Your Application Status

When to do it: December through June.

After submitting your application, you may check the status of the materials received or processed, such as: fee waivers, test scores, letters of recommendation, and admission decision. You may also add additional recommenders and test registration numbers. Please contact your department if you need to make any changes or need to provide additional application materials.

Reviewing Your Application

When it happens: February through June.

Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, your research interests, your background and life experience, how well your goals match the degree program, and your relevant work experience.

Faculty within the department will work to identify and recommend the top applicants.

The Graduate Division then reviews the recommended applicants and ensures they comply with the requirements for admission.

Receiving Your Admission Decision

When it happens: February through June.

You will be notified about your admission decision by email.  The email will instruct you to log back into your application to view your decision. If you have received a fellowship offer, you will be receiving a separate email announcing your award details.  If you have been offered admission, you will be asked to accept or decline the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).  For incoming students, be sure to mark your calendar for the New Graduate Student Orientation in August.