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All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application. Use the graduate admission checklist to get started. Please note that the checklist may not reflect our program’s deadlines and requirements; compare it with the information on this page.

  • Deadlines

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

  • Requirements
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher in upper division courses
    • GRE: General test required
    • Applicant Statement/Letter of Intent: Required; up to three double-spaced pages discussing educational and career objectives and their relationship to the degree
    • Letters of Recommendation:  Required, 3 letters using the official template and written on official stationery
    • Additional Requirements:
      • Curriculum vitae or resume
      • Two writing samples - academic or professional
      • International applicants whose native language is not English: iBT TOEFL score of 500 paper-based or 80 online, or IELTS score of 6.5


    Successful applicants have significant research experience and strong letters of recommendation. Enrolled students demonstrate interest in clinical science by clear articulation in personal statements and interviews of research questions and desire for a clinical science career; a record of academic achievement evidenced by a high GPA (mean GPA for the 2017 class was 3.77); and professional accomplishment described in personal statements and recommendations from past mentors.

    For additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog or contact psygrad@fiu.edu.

  • Diversity

    Our program embraces this philosophy with corresponding nondiscriminatory policies for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student community in which everyone is valued. Read our Philosophy & Demographics statement to learn more.

  • Funding

    Students in good academic standing are guaranteed 12-month support ($19,194 and a tuition waiver) for four years. Although not guaranteed, it is normal for students across programs to remain in residence for a fifth year with funding (tuition and stipend). Historically, all students in the Psychology Department’s PhD programs have been funded during their fifth year.

    Funding reflects several pathways: research assistantships, teaching assistantships, Center for Children and Families clinical assistantships, and awards and fellowships. All forms of financial support include summer responsibilities and compensation.

    Clinical science students apply for external funding for their dissertations as part of degree requirements. Students are encouraged to apply for additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities, internal and external (e.g., American Psychological Foundation, Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, American Psychological Association) awards. Contracts prohibit students from accepting any external employment opportunities during their funded doctoral training.