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; follow the information on this page.
APPLICATION FEE WAIVER for Fall 2022 applicants: The Department of Psychology has made available a select number of application fee waivers for PhD applicants in financial need and from underrepresented backgrounds. Please visit the "Requirements" panel below and scroll to the "Application Fee Waiver" section for more information.
Fall: Apply by December 1, 5 p.m. EST
- 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 note 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
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign Applicants: Please note you must provide a copy of your transcripts to graduate admissions and a translation from a recognized translation agency or
officialtranslator. Some suggested agencies are listed here.
- Additional Requirements:
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate research methods course as a prerequisite
- 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
Additionally, successful applicants will demonstrate a record of academic achievement evidenced by a high GPA (mean GPA for the 2020 & 2021 class was 3.65); 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.
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 email@example.com, or the graduate secretary in the Department of Psychology by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Fee Waiver
For Fall 2022 applicants: The Department of Psychology has made available a select number of application fee waivers for PhD applicants in financial need and from underrepresented backgrounds. To find out if you are eligible for the department application fee waiver, email PhD Programs Coordinator, Brandon Isahack at email@example.com, answering the following questions:
- Name and Panther ID number, subplan to which you are applying
- I have financial hardship or difficulty paying the application fee – Yes or No
- I am from an underrepresented, historically-excluded, or marginalized group – Yes or No
2nd fee waiver opportunity: Applicants demonstrating financial need may have the application fee of $30 USD waived by the Graduate School if they do not meet eligibility for the departmental waiver above. Applicants interested in submitting a waiver should select “check” when prompted for application payment and submit supporting documentation by emailing it to Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The waivers are reviewed by University Admissions and will confirm eligibility. Eligibility criteria generally includes an EFC below 1500 on a FAFSA application; furlough letter; homeless waivers, etc. Applicants may email Graduate Admissions to inquire if they meet eligibility.
- DiversityThe clinical science program embraces the goal of cultivating a climate of inclusion in which everyone is valued as an individual and whose members (both faculty and students) are committed to the development and improvement in issues of diversity and inclusion within the program, especially as they relate to research, practice, and service. Please refer to the Psychology Department’s full Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Black Anti-Racism statement and the Diversity Committee & Resources for information about and links to several resources, such as funding and training opportunities available to students from groups underrepresented in academia, a list of campus resources (e.g., LGBTQA Groups and Initiatives, Black Graduate Women’s Association), and other resources meant to foster the recruitment, retention, and flourishing of a diverse student population.
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 Center for Children and Families clinical assistantships, and 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.