- The Admissions Process
- Application Questions
- GRE & TOEFL
- International Student Questions
- Registration Questions
- Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Questions
- Address Changes
How can I apply to graduate school?
At Berkeley, you may apply to only one graduate or concurrent degree program. Contact the department for information about the program in which you are interested, or review the information on the Department's website. You can find contact information including links to the websites for each program at the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines page.
What are the requirements for admission to graduate programs
The minimum graduate admission requirements are: (1) a bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution; (2) a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale, and (3) sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
Many departments have additional or higher requirements than those mentioned above, and satisfying minimal standards does not guarantee your admission. Contact information for individual departments can be found at the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines page.
International students requiring determination of their degree equivalency, should contact the Graduate Admissions office for more details at email@example.com.
How does the admissions process work at Berkeley?
Submit an application on or before the department deadline for the program you are applying to. Deadlines for programs do vary. You may apply online (The online application is available each application cycle beginning on the second Monday of September.) on or before your department's deadline; spring applications are only accepted by a few departments. Check the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines page for more information.
Please follow departmental instructions on how to submit the transcripts, supplementary information and department-specific material, a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. The department reviews applications and recommends admission to the Graduate Division. Official notification of admission comes only from the Graduate Division.
I'm not sure which graduate program at Berkeley is best
Berkeley offers a wide range of graduate programs. Go to the Career Center and see a Career Counselor to help map out which type of graduate education is best for you. Alternatively, review the different programs Berkeley offers and identify the ones of greatest interest to you. Visit the website of each program to research their requirements and expectations. Compare that to your academic background, professional experience, interests and goals.
can get additional information by visiting Berkeley's Career Center website.
Q: I just want to take graduate level courses. How can I do this?
You may apply to a non-degree option called "Course Work Only" (CWO). You will need to meet all of the normal criteria for admission, and the department must be willing to accept CWO students. There is a limit of two semesters of study and admission to this status precludes future admission or change of major into a degree program at Berkeley.
Some Berkeley faculty will grant permission to students to audit courses; this is an unofficial status and completely at the discretion of the individual faculty member. No record of attendance is provided by the Registrar's Office.
Many courses are offered through University Extension. Details are available from their office located at 1995 University Avenue, or by calling (510) 642-4111.
What is the application fee?
The application fee for U.S. Citizens and current U.S. Residents is $80. The application fee for all other applicants is $100. However, applicants to the masters programs in the Haas School of Business do not pay these application fees and should refer to the Haas School website for information on their masters programs.
Can I request a waiver of the application fee?
United States citizens or Permanent Residents may request a fee waiver by following the instructions and completing the waiver form in the application. International applicants must pay the application fee; they can't be granted a fee waiver.
Can I send my application fee electronically or pay it with
a credit card?
You have the option to pay by credit card when submitting your application online. We do not accept electronic fee payments.
Q: Did you get my application?
Once you submit your complete online application, you will receive an email confirming your submission.
Q: When will a decision be made on my application?
Every department has different timelines. Contact the department for more information.
My department told me I was admitted but I haven't received
anything from the Graduate Division.
It can take up to two weeks for the department to forward the recommendation and for the paperwork to be processed. If it has been more than three weeks and you have not received notice of admission, please contact your department directly to inquire about your application status.
My transcripts, GRE or TOEFL scores are not ready. Should
I wait until I get them to send my application?
Do not miss the application deadline waiting for your test scores. Be sure to note your test date and registration number on your application.
Did you receive my GRE or TOEFL scores?
Once your application is submitted, you may check the status of your scores on your online application status page.
What is the Berkeley institution code for reporting the
GRE or TOEFL?
What is the department code for the GRE or TOEFL?
Please review the GRE or TOEFL booklet, or contact your prospective department to obtain the code.
How long are GRE scores valid for?
The GRE is a departmental requirement so check with your department to see if the GRE is required, and if so, what their requirements are. Scores are reported for 5 years after taking the test. Specific information can be found at the GRE website.
Q: Are International Students required to submit a financial certificate or affidavits when applying for admission?
No. Financial certification is not required to apply for admission. Once an international student accepts Berkeley's offer of admission, the Berkeley International Office will work with the student to collect financial certifications and all other documents required for the student visa.
Why haven't I received anything about registration?
The Graduate Admissions Office does not mail registration materials to entering graduate students. Check with your department for information on how to register and any requirements they may have. Enrollment in classes opens to entering graduate students in early August for the fall semester.
Why can't I register?
A completed Statement of Intent to Register must be submitted before action can be taken on registration.
If you have already submitted a Statement of Intent to Register, and are still unable to register, email Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do in order to become a Graduate Student Instructor
To learn about academic appointments, you should read "What you need to know about being a GSI, GSR, Reader, or Tutor". Hiring of GSIs is done directly by the departments. A list of GSI appointments posted by departments is available at the Graduate Programs & Application Deadlines page.
My address has changed. Who should I notify?
If you are not a registered graduate student at Berkeley, send your new information to email@example.com and to your department.
Last Updated: September 21, 2012 11:37 AM