Message from the Graduate Admissions Chair

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for considering our doctoral program in Psychology at the University of California at Riverside. We offer an outstanding research-oriented Ph.D. program.

Specialty Areas:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social-Personality Psychology
  • Systems Neuroscience

Additional Emphases:

  • Health Psychology: A concentration in Health Psychology is available to students in our Developmental or Social-Personality areas.
  • Quantitative Psychology: A Quantitative minor program of study can be completed in combination with any of the four specialty areas.

Graduates from our program in psychology typically secure positions in academic institutions, research institutes, government health and social service agencies, and corporate research and consulting. Please note that we DO NOT offer training in Clinical, Counseling, Educational, or School Psychology. Also, although you may acquire a master's degree in the process of getting your Ph.D. degree at UCR, we DO NOT offer separate, terminal, Master's programs or distance education. The Graduate School of Education should be consulted by applicants interested in Educational or School Psychology

As a campus, UCR is widely recognized for excellence in higher education, community development, and support for diversity (e.g., U. S. News & World Report ranked UCR 12th in the nation for diversity in 2014; Washington Monthly ranked UCR 2nd in its list of “best colleges for the country” in 2015). The Department of Psychology is constantly evolving with several new faculty hires, a state-of-the-art building, and a new neuroimaging center adjacent to the Psychology Building slated to open in 2016. The Department ranks among the top 25% of graduate training programs in psychology nationwide (U. S. News & World Report, 2014).

If you are interested in applying to our Ph.D. program in Psychology, please review our faculty research specializations to make sure that we have potential mentors here who engage in the type of research that interests you. We recommend that you personally contact any faculty member who might be a potential mentor before applying, because not all faculty members accept students every year. If you wish to apply to our program, please complete our departmental Express Application as soon as possible so that I can alert relevant faculty to your pending application. Please note: you will NOT receive a response to your express application. After completing the express application, you should prepare a full (online) application to the Graduate Division of UCR. Students are admitted for fall enrollment only.

***The deadline to submit your full application and all supporting documents for the Psychology Graduate Program is Friday, December 4, 2015 for admission in FALL 2016***

NOTICE: Federal regulation (the Clery Act) requires that universities disclose crime statistics to prospective students. UCR has a very low crime rate for its size. The UCR Campus Security and Crime Report contains a summary of crimes reported on campus and in other designated areas during the past three years. It also contains University and campus policies concerned with criminal activity and security on campus. Printed copies of the Report are available upon request from the University of California Police Department, 3500 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92521 or by telephone at (951) 827-3853.

Thank you for your interest in our doctoral training program. Please feel free to email us if you have any further questions.


Tuppett M. Yates, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Admissions

Supporting psychology graduate application materials should be sent to:

The Graduate Advisor
Department of Psychology
University of California Riverside, CA
92521-4026 USA

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