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All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application. **Applicants need to select “Developmental Science” as their subplan for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle using the graduate admissions application but indicate on their department application found under "requirements" below that they are applying to ASCP.** Use the graduate admission checklist to get started.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER for 2021: We have a select number of application fee waivers for students in financial need and from underrepresented backgrounds. To find out if you are eligible, contact the Program Director, Dr. Asia Eaton, at aeaton@fiu.edu

  • Deadlines

    Fall: Apply by December 1, 5 p.m. EST

  • Requirements
    • Degree: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university
    • GPA: Applicants must have a 3.0 average or higher during the last two years of the undergraduate program
    • GRE: General test required. *See notes below on GRE scores and COVID-19
    • Statement of Intent/Personal Statement: Discuss motivations and career goals; research experience, skills and plans; and faculty with whom you hope to work if admitted, making note of research interests and relevance, skills and goals. Statements should not exceed three typewritten, double-spaced pages. Statement should be uploaded to the graduate admissions portal
    • Curriculum vitae or resume: This includes pertinent information on previous experience, education, honors, awards, interests, community service and achievements.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters written on official letterhead. Ideally, at least two letters would be from faculty evaluating the student's potential for graduate work. Letters of recommendation are uploaded online by the recommender. Letter writers will be asked to provide  additional information when they log in to submit their letters. Letters of recommendation must be submitted or sent directly by the letter writer to Graduate Admissions at  gradadm@fiu.edu.
    • Departmental Application: Fill out the Graduate Programs in Psychology application and upload it through the online admissions application portal
    • Transcripts:  Submitting Transcripts. This includes university/college official transcript from all institutions previously attended in a sealed institution envelope. Addresses and other methods of submitting your transcripts can be found clicking  here. If you graduated from FIU, you do not need to request transcripts unless you attended another institution afterwards. Students who have received an education from non-English speaking countries must have their transcripts translated when sent to FIU. If sending electronically, institutions can have transcripts emailed to Graduate Admissions at gradadm@fiu.edu.
      Foreign Applicants: Please note you must provide a copy of your transcripts to graduate admissions and a translation from a recognized translation agency or official translator. Some suggested agencies are listed here.
    • Additional Requirements:
      • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate research methods course as a prerequisite
      • Contact with a potential faculty mentor
      • Two writing samples - academic or professional, no length requirement
      • Ability to work full time toward the degree
      • Previous research experience preferred
      • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 92 on the iBT TOEFL (equivalent to 580 in the TOEFL) is required


    For more information about Psychology programs, consult the Graduate Catalog. Information about this PhD track has not yet been added to the catalog; it will appear in the 2021-22 edition.

    Successful applicants demonstrate a strong interest in social and cultural psychology, significant research experience, a good fit with proposed faculty in the program and a desire for a social and cultural psychology career. Additionally, successful applicants will demonstrate a record of academic achievement evidenced by a high GPA; show significant professional accomplishments as described in personal statements; and have supportive letters of recommendations from past mentors.

    Top applicants will be interviewed remotely by two to three faculty members, including the applicant's potential advisor. The purpose of the interview is to give applicants an opportunity to further gauge their "fit" with our program by talking directly to faculty, and to learn more about our various mentorship models.

    Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Admission GRE Exam Waiver

    We, in the Department of Psychology at FIU, do not believe barriers outside one’s control should be an impediment to personal and professional development. Therefore, we will waive the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement in graduate admissions in the upcoming admissions cycle for our doctoral and master's program. We will continue to evaluate applicants using a holistic approach that examines a variety of indicators of academic potential. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to those applying to begin graduate training in the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 semesters. If you have questions, contact the graduate secretary in the Department of Psychology.

    A Note on GRE Scores

    In response to research showing little correlation between GRE scores and success in graduate school, and concern that the test puts marginalized groups at a disadvantage, the ASCP faculty do not place weight on GRE scores in admissions.

    Information on Judicial Holds

    Although we are required to include questions in our application that ask about previous experiences with disciplinary charges and criminal offenses, we do not want these questions to discourage anyone with these experiences from applying to our programs. Responding “yes” to these questions  does not preclude applicants from being considered for admission to our programs. It does place a “judicial hold” on the application that can be resolved through the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) Admissions Clearance Process confidentially. Moreover, responses to these questions will not be shared with faculty reviewing applications—regardless of the applicant’s responses—so as to maintain confidentially and reduce bias throughout the review process.

    Instructions for resolving judicial holds can be found here:  https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-academic-integrity/application-holds/index.php.

    If you have any questions about this process, you can contact the SCAI team by phone at 305-348-3939 or email at  conduct@fiu.edu, or the graduate secretary in the Department of Psychology by email at  psygrad@fiu.edu.

  • Diversity

    We are committed to actively promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as a professional and moral imperative at the individual, group and system levels as we honor the APA code of ethics, particularly the principles of “justice” and “respect for people’s rights and dignity,” and embrace FIU’s commitment to fostering a climate of inclusion within a diverse community. We further pledge to work with students in an ongoing manner to translate these commitments into action, and to routinely evaluate their outcomes. Read our full Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Black Anti-Racism.

  • Funding

    Admitted students are provided with a graduate assistantship. GAs are classified as Graduate Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants or Graduate Research Assistants. A graduate assistantship provides a stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Additionally, students may be funded through external awards and fellowships.

    Admitted students who maintain good academic standing are guaranteed four years of support. Graduate assistantships are on 12-month contracts (stipend $20,154). Most students are funded through their fifth year, contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program.

  • Informational Video about ASCP
    Want to know more about the ASCP program milestones, philosophy, classes, and funding? See our 2021 informaton session video HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1udqlyZfv8Ew5FX0X9a0FE3xE0QLnBTr5/view?usp=sharing