University of California, Berkeley
At an admission rate fluctuating between 3% and 18%, Berkeley does not offer a terminal degree in psychology at the master's level but does offer the option to attain the MA if students are enrolled to obtain the PhD. This competitive school currently has 120 active graduate students enrolled in the psychology Ph.D program which focuses on five areas including:
Admissions into this five year program is based on factors including prior applicable experience, recommendation letters, statement of purpose and personal history made by student, and Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE). While there is no GRE score requirement, those who have been admitted have normally scored in the 70th percentile or higher. Berkeley has explained in their brochure that they have deep interest in students who have gained previous knowledge in research and would like to continue this journey.
Fees are paid by resident and non-resident students. California residents pay approximately $6,474,75 and non-residents pay $14,025,75. These fees include registration fee, education fee, health insurance fee, Campus fee, class pass fee, and for non-residents a non-resident tuition fee.
The only tuition paid is by non-residents, which is $15,312. Students admitted into the program as non-residents will have their first year non-resident tuition paid by the department. The student must then take it upon him or herself to become a resident of California in order to avoid tuition bills after the first year. More information is on the website regarding how to become a California resident. Other budget considerations mentioned include housing, food, books, supplies, personal, and transportation which has been estimated by the university at $34,286 for a year.
Students will follow a combination of degree requirements including core courses, courses in statistics and methodology, research and directed study, attendance at colloquia, proseminar courses, advanced courses in area of study and seminars, second year research project, training as a graduate student instructor, qualifying examination, and dissertation.