Prospective Students

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Starting your journey

Applying to graduate school can be a huge decision. Choosing the right program that aligns with your short and long-term goals is important, but more critical is finding a welcoming environment that will support you and enable you to thrive in your graduate studies and beyond. Being a graduate student at Berkeley means being a part of a diverse, dynamic group of people who are passionate, curious and committed to their areas of study.

1. Tell us you are interested.

We can’t wait to connect with you and share resources and opportunities to help you understand if Berkeley is the right match for your graduate studies. Complete the interest form.

2. Explore our programs.

Berkeley offers more than 120 programs for master’s, professional and doctoral students to pursue their dreams. Explore our programs.

3. Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair

During the Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair, you can learn more about UC Berkeley, the application and funding process, and departments in your area of interest.

4. Meet with a current Berkeley graduate student.

The Diversity and Community Fellows work to advance and implement the diversity and inclusion goals of the Office for Graduate Diversity and the Graduate Division. Schedule a meeting with a fellow.

5. Understand the application process.

Review our steps to apply to help understand the process. We also have tips & strategies for preparing your graduate school application.

6. Programs for you.

Check out programs for prospective students hosted by the Office for Graduate Diversity:


Sep 14

31st Annual UMBC McNair Research Conference

Prospective Berkeley Graduate Students will be able to connect with members of the Berkeley community at the UMBC McNair Research…

Start: September 14, 2023 - End: September 15, 2023
(All Day)
Oct 14

Cal Diversity Forum

Members of the Berkeley community are eager to meet you at the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. The…

October 14, 2023
(All Day)

University of San Francisco

Oct 26

2023 SACNAS National Diversity Conference in STEM

The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference is a gathering which serves to…

Start: October 26, 2023 - End: October 28, 2023
(All Day)

Oregon Convention Center