Deciding to pursue graduate school is a big decision, but it can also be a rewarding one. At Berkeley, we have over 100 programs to choose from, and our programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in your chosen field. Get to know our programs by exploring the program’s website, connecting with admissions staff, and reading through the steps below to become familiar with the application process.

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Step 1. Explore and Choose Your Program

When to do it: Now

It’s never too early or late to begin exploring what Berkeley has to offer, so start now. With more than 100 programs to choose from, we want you to find the program that is the best fit for you and your goals.

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Step 2. Know Your Deadlines & Plan Ahead

Once you’ve selected your program, mark the application deadline on your calendar, and start to review and prepare your application requirements. Create an action plan with deadlines to help you stay on track.

If you have questions or need accommodations for extenuating circumstances, reach out to the program directly.

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Step 3. Gather Your Application Materials

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

As you prepare your application, review the minimum admissions requirements. Many programs have additional application requirements, so it’s important to thoroughly research and read the program’s admissions website. Find your program’s website to learn more.

Here are some helpful resources:

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Step 4. Apply Online

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

Ready to apply? If you are applying to Berkeley for the first time, please create a new account. If you are reapplying to Berkeley, login to your existing account.

You can start your online application in mid-September and complete the applicable sections. To submit your application, please pay the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline.

Start Your Application

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Step 5. Application is Reviewed

When to do it: December through June

After the deadline passes the program will check if your application is complete. Once your application is determined complete – it is ready for review. The admissions committee in your program of interest will begin the holistic, careful review process over the coming months. This process is based on many factors including your goals, relevant work or research experience, life experiences, essays, letters of recommendation, academic records, and more.

You can check the status of your application materials via your application status portal page. If you need to make any changes or need to provide additional application materials, please contact your program.

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Step 6. Admissions Decisions Released

When it happens: late January through June

Once an admission decision has been made, you will be notified via email when your application status has changed. As each program has a different application review timeline, you may receive your decision as early as January and as late as June. If you receive a fellowship offer, you will receive a separate email with details.

If you have been offered admission, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer via your application status portal page. Read more about how to accept your offer and next steps as an incoming student.

Accepting Your Offer

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