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Posts from August 2014

Financial Support

Tuition, Fellowships, & Financial Aid

Financial support can be a major consideration when applying to graduate school. Below you will find resources about affording your education, including tuition, fellowships, and financial aid. 

Basic Admissions Requirements

Required Transcripts

Please note, Graduate Admissions requires applicants to upload unofficial transcripts or academic records (name of school must appear on transcript) for the initial review of their application. For those that accept the offer of admission, they will be required to provide official transcripts or academic records. Please refrain from sending official, sealed hard copies of your transcripts until you receive an offer of admission from the Graduate Division.

Read on for information about:

  • Study abroad transcripts
  • Transcripts from past UC Berkeley students
  • PPIA transcripts
  • Transcripts required of international applicants

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Basic Admissions Requirements: International Students

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East,  Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption you must:

  • Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.
  • Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States’ regional accrediting agencies.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited institution within the United States.

Please see the Graduate Divison to learn more about TOEFL requirements and qualifying for an exemption.

Basic Admissions Requirements

From the Graduate Division

The minimum UC Berkeley 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 (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  3. enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.

*Please note that these are Graduate Division minimum standards, and GSPP admissions stats and requirements often exceed these minimums.

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Requesting an Application Fee Waiver


If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $90; for all others, the fee is $110. The application fee is not re­fundable.

You must be a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident to be eligible for the graduate admissions application fee waiver.

There are two ways in which you may qualify for an application fee waiver:

  • You are a current or past participant in certain programs (e.g. PPIA) that qualify for a fee waiver, or
  • You can demonstrate financial need.

Information about how to apply for a fee waiver can be found at the Graduate Division.