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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; follow the information on this page.

  • 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 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 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
    • 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
      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
      • 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 additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog. If you have questions, contact Program Director Aaron Mattfeld or Contact with a potential faculty mentor is strongly recommended.

    Successful applicants demonstrate a strong interest in cognitive neuroscience, significant research experience and a good fit with proposed faculty in the program. 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.

    For the 2019-2020 admission year, the average GRE score of applicants who were invited for admission 155 Verbal/152 Quantitative. Their average GPA was 3.9. All of the admitted applicants had significant research experience at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, and comprehensive recommendations from research advisors.

    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. Interviews usually take place during the last two weeks of December or the first two weeks of January. Invitations are typically extended by Dec. 30.

    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:

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

    Application Fee Waiver

    Applicants demonstrating financial need may have the application fee of $30 USD waived. 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 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.

  • Preferred Credentials

    You should consider applying to graduate school in the same way you would apply for a job. Understand the job requirements and work to obtain experience in those areas.

    We review applications looking for the following credentials:

    1. Research experience: One of the most important parts of a good graduate application is evidence of substantial research experience. A couple of years of work in a research laboratory is desirable, so start early. Evidence of productivity - authorship on a paper or a poster presentation at conferences - is desirable.
    2. Good recommendations: FIU requires three recommendations, preferably from faculty with whom you have conducted research. A recommendation from a boss at a job is not necessarily desirable, unless they can speak to your work ethic or other relevant qualities. Recommendations from faculty with whom you took one class are not great, either, unless the faculty member knows you well. Recommendations from graduate students, or from faculty in online classes, are not a great benefit to your application.
    3. Good GPA: A GPA above a 3.5 is usually desirable, especially if the transcript shows evidence of work in the hard sciences (chemistry, physics) and mathematics. A master's degree can help but is not required.
    4. Good GRE scores: High verbal and quantitative scores are desirable, as well as a good score in the written portion. FIU does not require a subject GRE.
    5. Evidence of writing competence: Students should show excellent competence with the written word.
  • 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 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.