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Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, we accept students with various backgrounds including psychology, optometry, engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, biophysics, neuroscience, mathematics, molecular and cell biology and integrative biology. Because this program is designed to develop research scientists, it is also important that applicants are familiar with an experimental lab setting. Admission is based on a variety of factors, including academic achievement and relevant experience. Each each part of an application is important and is thoroughly reviewed. Your application and all the supporting documents should be submitted prior to the deadline.

 Fall 2018 Application Deadline – Jan 6, 2018, 8:59pm (PST)

 To apply, please submit:

 1. Application

Online  Application  is available now. The application fee for domestic students is $105 and the fee for international students is $125. Fee waivers are available. Please follow the instructions found here.

2. Transcripts.

As a part of your online application, upload unofficial transcripts of all colleges you’ve attended since high school. If admitted to the program you will be required to submit official transcripts.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required to support your application. The letters should come from persons who have supervised your research or academic work. Letters of recommendation need to be uploaded electronically. You will find all the instructions when completing your online application.

4. Graduate Requirement Examination (GRE)

Your GRE scores should be no older than 5 years by the time of application deadline. We have no minimum score requirement. All scores are viewed competitively on a year-to-year basis. For information about the examination, please go to the GRE website.

UC Berkeley code: 4833.

Vision Science code: 0611

5. English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is other than English, and if they did not received their undergraduate degree from an English language institution, are required to show proficiency with the English language. The applicant must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 570 for the paper test or 233 for the Computer Based Test (CBT) or at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT). Further and more complete information on this requirement can be found on the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements webpage. Your English proficiency test should be no older than 2 years.

UC Berkeley code: 4833

The VS program code: 99.


If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at vision@berkeley.edu.