UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Psychological & Brain Sciences

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
Building 251
Telephone: (805) 893-2791
Undergraduate e-mail: ugradaffairs@psych.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail:  gradaffairs@psych.ucsb.edu
Website: www.psych.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Diane Mackie


 
Graduate Program

Graduate training is provided in cognition, perception and cognitive neuroscience, developmental and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and social psychology. In addition to departmental requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must fulfill the university requirements described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.

Admission

Graduate training in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences consists of work leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy. Although academic background provided by an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree in psychology is desirable, outstanding students from other disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.  Applications to Ph.D. programs are accepted with admission to begin fall quarter only. All application materials (including the application, transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general exam, statement of purpose, personal contribution statement, and letters of recommendation) are due to the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences by December 1st. It is important to indicate on the graduate application (under emphasis), the sub-disciplinary program area (cognition, perception and cognitive neuroscience, developmental and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and behavior, and social psychology) to which students are applying.

Master of Arts—Psychological & Brain Sciences (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy—Psychological & Brain Sciences (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Bioengineering, Cognitive Science, Environment and Society, Information Technology and Society, Neuroengineering, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.