Admissions

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.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER for Fall 2023 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.

  • 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.
    • 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
      • 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 about requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog. For more information, contact Program Director Jacqueline Evans or psygrad@fiu.edu. Contact with a potential faculty mentor is strongly recommended.

    Successful applicants demonstrate a strong interest in legal psychology, 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.

    A Note on GRE Scores

    The Legal Psychology Program seeks a diverse pool of applicants with interests in applying experimental methods to the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. When making admissions decisions the Legal Psychology faculty will consider the totality of an application, including academic record, research background, fit with the program/proposed faculty mentor(s) in terms of research interests, letters of recommendation, and GRE score.

    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.

    Application Fee Waiver

    For Fall 2023 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 psygrad@fiu.edu, answering the following questions:

    1. Name and Panther ID number, subplan to which you are applying
    2. I have financial hardship or difficulty paying the application fee – Yes or No
    3. 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 gradadm@fiu.edu. 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.

  • Undergraduate Preparation

    Undergraduate students interested in legal psychology can choose from a variety of classes related to legal psychology, often taught by our program's faculty and graduate students. Consult an advisor while selecting and registering for classes.

    Legal psychology-focused courses include:

    • EXP 3523 Memory and Memory Improvement
    • EXP 4604 Cognitive Processes
    • SOP 3004 Introductory Social Psychology
    • SOP 4522 Social Motivation
    • SOP 4842 Legal Psychology
    • PSY 4913 Senior Seminar on the Psychology of Wrongful Convictions
    • PSY 4913 Senior Seminar on Children and the Law
  • 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.