Social Sciences Graduate Diversity Office

Welcome to the Social Sciences Graduate Diversity web page. 

I am the graduate diversity director for the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In line with Berkeley's institutional commitment to academic excellence through diversity, I am here to work with both prospective and continuing graduate students to ensure a most enriching graduate career.

For prospective graduate students, I provide academic advisement regarding graduate school preparation, admission criteria, the admission process, statement of purpose, and funding opportunities. For continuing students, I offer advice on any aspect of professional development, tutorial support, funding for research and travel, and personal matters that may get in the way of your academic progress. I also offer one-on-one assistance. 

Prospective graduate students may be interested in Step by Step, an in-house advising tool for arts & humanities and social sciences students. While it is designed especially for Berkeley undergraduates, it contains valuable information for all students interested in graduate study at Berkeley.

Because diversity is a core value in graduate studies in the social sciences, we work closely with prospective and continuing students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Getting ready for graduate school

Steps to help undergrads become top candidates for graduate programs.

Finding the right graduate program

Information on graduate programs in the social sciences at Berkeley.

Demystifying the application process

Advice for putting your best application forward.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail, call, or visit me in my office. I look forward to hearing from you. Find us on the map here.

Ira Young, M.Ed.
Telephone: 510.642.5777
473 Evans Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2990

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