Watch: Actress Ashley Judd Returns to School for PhD

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Ashley Judd is going back to school!

The actress revealed during a Facebook Live Q&A Monday that she will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to earn her PhD in public policy, PEOPLE reports. This isn't the first time Judd has entered the halls of higher education, as she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and earned her her Masters in public administration with an emphasis in gender equality from Harvard after enrolling in graduate school in 2009.

"I have decided to take the next step in my academic journey," Judd shared during the Q&A. "Sometimes I'm really excited, sometimes I'm like 'What have I gotten myself into?!' I'm very esteemed and honored that they accepted me."

She added that she plans to use her studies to first work on the issue of gender equality in human trafficking, which she says is at the top of her list.

"Within human trafficking adheres all of the injustices of gender inequality," Judd said. "You can look at the whole of our striving toward gender equality within the dynamic of ending human trafficking. So it's the big and the little picture all at once and it's definitely at the top of my list." 

The actress revealed that UC Berkeley's program is regarded as number one in the country and only accepts two or three applicants per year, so she plans to "make the best of my time at Berkeley."

"It was ultra-competitive and I know that talented and virtuous, well-meaning, smart people from all over the world applied," she said. Judd added that she's ready to "do some good thinking, some rigorous research and fill it with my typical heart and soul and see how I can continue to do my little part to make the world a better place."