Here you can find information about applying to one of our PhD programs, taking advantage of resources for current doctoral students, and pursuing funding opportunities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.
Prospective Doctoral Students
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology
The Ph.D. program in Psychology emphases academic quality and provides expert training in basic research and its application. Students master a series of core courses designed to facilitate a thorough grounding in theory, methodology, and content. Students are also required to pursue specific areas of interest and to acquire research experience through apprenticeship with a primary advisor. A minimum of 75 credits of approved graduate work beyond the baccalaureate is required, including a dissertation based upon the student’s original research. Credits from another graduate program may transfer with the approval of the area program committee. The following areas of specialization are offered:
The Clinical Science in Childhood and Adolescence area focuses on the application of scientific evidence to further the design, implementation, and evaluation of assessment, prevention, and treatment procedures for use with children from infancy to adolescence. Faculty interests cover each of the major problem areas of childhood and adolescence, including ADHD, anxiety, conduct problems, depression and suicidal behaviors, and risky problem behaviors. Since 2015, this program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202.336.5979).
The Developmental Science area emphasizes both basic and applied research across the lifespan. Faculty interests include development aspects of perception, learning, prenatal infant, cognition, social relationships, self awareness and identity, parenting, early-childhood perception and cognition and intervention.
The Industrial-Organizational area focuses on issues such as the psychology of human resource management, group behavior, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and training and development. Faculty are interested in meta-analysis, assessment, personality, and work-family issues.
The Legal Psychology area focuses on the interface of psychology and law. Faculty interests include jury selection and decision making, eye witness memory and identification, dispute resolution, sexual harassment, deception detection, investigative interviewing and forensic psychology.
The Cognitive Neuroscience area focuses on the neuroscience of cognition and behavior in the areas of sensorimotor behavior and perception, language, memory, executive function, and substance abuse. Faculty utilize a variety of cognitive neuroscience methodologies including "under-the-skin" electrophysiological and functional imaging methodologies on humans as well as research on birds and non-human primates to expand understanding typical and atypical development.
- Program Application and Instructions
Applicants should apply through the online application portal. To begin your application, you must sign into your application user account with your User ID and Password. (If you do not have an account, please click on the “Create User Account” link.) The application fee is paid via this site. The graduate program application must be submitted by December 1st.
- Start the Online Graduate Application. See above for details. The Department of Psychology will not review your program application until this has been completed. The following items below are to be submitted within the online application.
- 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. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.**
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.**
- A 3.0 or higher GPA is recommended during the last two years as an upper division student.*
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. All Psychology PhD programs require the GRE General Test, no exceptions. Send official scores to Florida International University (Code: 5206).*
*Average GPA and GRE scores of admitted students can be found by selecting the program here and then clicking "Admissions" within the selected program's page.
- 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 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS is required.**
- Curriculum vitae or resume that provides pertinent information on previous experience, education, honors, awards, interests, community service
- A statement of intent, including a discussion of educational and career objectives, and the relationship of the desired Ph.D. degree to the achievement of those objectives. Statements should not exceed three typewritten, double-spaced pages.**
- Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate the applicant's previous professional, academic, and personal performance, and their potential for success in a graduate program. A letter of recommendation form is available from the University Graduate School. Letters should be written on letterhead or stationery. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded or sent directly by the letter writer to Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.**
- Two writing samples - academic or work-related. No length requirement.**
- The Graduate Programs in Psychology Application. This is a supplemental application to be filled out and uploaded within the online application portal.**
** Note that the Department of Psychology does not accept hard copies of application materials by email or mail. If you have trouble uploading materials, contact Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you with the upload of your materials.
All application materials and supporting documentation must be received in the University Graduate School's online system by December 1st. Your file will not be reviewed until all materials have been successfully uploaded; late applicants cannot be guaranteed consideration. Applicants who submitted their application after December 1st will need to contact Graduate Admissions at email@example.com to ensure their application can be saved for the next admission cycle. Admission to the graduate programs is for Fall only.
For more information about the Department of Psychology's application process, please contact the graduate office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-348-2881. If you are inquiring about the status of your application, please send an email with your name and Panther ID to email@example.com. Only email inquiries will be accepted to check the status of your application.
- Start the Online Graduate Application. See above for details. The Department of Psychology will not review your program application until this has been completed. The following items below are to be submitted within the online application.
Current Doctoral Students
- New Students
Welcome to our incoming doctoral students! Contracts start August 19, 2019 and you are responsible for being on campus beginning that date. Also check your FIU email for important information regarding graduate studies at FIU.
The orientations offered at FIU include:
- University Graduate School Orientation
- Psychology Department Graduate Orientation
- Teaching Assistant Orientation
- Immigration Orientation
University Graduate School Orientation
The University Graduate School’s (UGS) Graduate Orientation is intended for all newly admitted graduate students. If you are not able to attend Orientation, an Online Orientation is available. Information on this orientation is sent to your FIU email from UGS.
Psychology Department Orientation
The Psychology Department offers an orientation workshop that takes you through all the expectations and requirements for your graduate studies in Psychology. This is a mandatory workshop lead by Dr. Frazier and will include presentations from the Deans of the University Graduate School, the College of Arts & Sciences, the resource librarian, a representative from the Panthersoft Office, the Counseling Center, the Psychology Student Government Association and others.
Teaching Assistant Orientation
FIU’s Academy for the Art of Teaching hosts an intensive Introduction-to-Teaching Workshop once per year during the week prior to the start of the Fall term. This workshop is a requirement of the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program and is open to all teaching assistants and adjuncts. This orientation workshop is a departmental requirement for newly admitted students. For those of you who are returning and teaching in the new academic year, it is highly recommended that you attend. An email will be sent to announce the date and time of this orientation.
All students at FIU in F-1 or J-1 student status are required to attend a MANDATORY Immigration Orientation conducted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. This is a separate orientation from other academic, departmental, or university orientations; it will cover information specific to international students that you MUST be aware of. This orientation is offered at both the Biscayne Bay Campus and the Modesto Maidique Campus every semester.
- Contacts and Resources
CASE Graduate Support - Assistantships, Travel Support, Research Funding
Panther Degree Audit (PDA) for changes to your PDA see panel below "Panther Degree Audit Changes"
- Student Organizations
The Psychology Graduate Student Association (
) is a student-led organization funded by the Council for Student Organizations. The organization represents and promotes the interests of the current psychology graduate student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service, and social support. PGSA , recognized by the university/department as the psychology graduate students’ central organization, works throughout the academic year to provide scholarly and social forums that promote interaction among psychology graduate students and faculty. Past events organized include grant-writing panels, effective teaching and networking workshops, statistical capsules, and social meet-and-greet events. The current advisor of PGSA is Dr. Leslie Frazier. To sign up for membership and e-board opportunities, please visit OrgSync. PGSA
For more organizations, visit the Department of Psychology Student Organizations page.
- Master's Thesis Forms/ Master's Graduation en route to PhD
The doctoral training program in Psychology requires a Master’s degree be completed en route to the Ph.D.
All doctoral students must complete a Master’s thesis project that is based on original scholarship conducted under the direction of a faculty advisor. A Master’s thesis should be a publishable research article based on empirical research conducted by the student.
The expectations for the Master’s thesis vary by doctoral training track. The specific details of the Master's thesis project are determined by the doctoral training area. Please consult with your Major Professor or Training Area Program Director for specific details.
All Master’s theses are completed in-house and do not require the UGS M-1 or M-2 forms.
All students are now required to submit the following Memoranda for the thesis:
- Master's Thesis Committee Change Memorandum (this memo is only required if there is a change in your thesis committee)
- Master's Thesis Defense Memorandum
- Students must attach unofficial transcript or panther degree audit to demonstrate good academic standing and coursework counted towards Masters degree
- Students must attach a full copy of the approved/revised Master’s Thesis
- All Masters committee members must print and fill out the Graduate Student Rubrics at the oral defense and turn them in to the Psychology Department (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Turnitin report- Two pages are required to be submitted by the major professor/advisor at completion of the Master’s thesis: 1) the first page of the turnitin.com report with the name of the faculty advisor as author and submitter; and 2) the similarity report.
- Instructions for faculty to submit theses to Turnitin.com can be found here or clicking Turnitin report above.
Make sure that all required additional materials are provided. All memos and materials can be turned in at once.
Please download the form and fill it out and turn it in to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Leslie Frazier.
Please note: Once Dr. Frazier has received your Master's Thesis Defense Memo and approved the thesis, a memo will be sent to the Registrar's Office and 1 semester after your defense the Master's degree will appear on your transcript (see below).
Completing these steps will allow you to 1) have your MS appear on your transcript; 2) obtain a diploma; and 3) walk in the commencement ceremonies. To walk in commencement, dates and registration can be found clicking here. Students must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater. A graduate student must be enrolled the term in which he/she graduates. A student denied graduation must complete the requirements for graduation and reapply for graduation.
- Doctoral Dissertation Forms (D-Forms)
All graduate students in the doctoral training program are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation. A doctoral dissertation is supervised original research project that makes a novel and substantive scientific contribution to one's area of interest or specialization.
Advancing to candidacy. Students qualify to begin their doctoral dissertations after successful completion of the qualifying exams. While competing the doctoral dissertation, students must be continuously enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits of PSY 7981 Ph.D. Dissertation each semester that they are completing their Ph.D.
All doctoral students are responsible for knowing the UGS deadlines for all forms. Forms can be found here.
**Ensure all instructions are followed by including all necessary documents such as your transcripts, memos, or any other specified. Incomplete forms will be rejected and may result in delay and missed deadlines.
**Students are ultimately responsible for form completion including all specified documents.
UGS Forms for Doctoral Dissertations
Know the UGS Deadline, CASE deadlines are 1 week prior to the UGS deadline, and the Psychology deadline is 1 week prior to the CASE deadline. So, all forms need to be to the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology 2 weeks before the UGS deadline.
There is NO flexibility with deadlines. The Deans of CASE & UGS will not accept late forms under any circumstances.
Consult with Director of Graduate Studies if there are any issues meeting the Psychology department deadline.
Students are expected to email the Director of Graduate Studies to arrange a time to drop off forms for review and signature.
- UGS deadlines
- CASE deadlines
- Dissertation Guidelines – All documents must adhere to these formatting guidelines or they will be kicked back
- Electronic Petition (e-petition) for Exception to Graduate Requirements
Electronic Petitions (E-petitions) can be initiated for instances such as a committee person attending your defense via Skype, filing for a leave of absence, petitions for waivers of late fees, changes to your RA/TA contract after the deadline, and other exceptions. If you have a situation please check with the Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Secretary to determine if an e-petition is needed.
To initiate an e-petition you must:
1. Draft a memo requesting the exception with a detailed rationale. The memo should be addressed to the University Graduate School (UGS).
a. For early graduation or changes to your contract, you must consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and your program director. In some circumstances your mentor may need to write a memo of support
b. For an e-petition for a committee member to attend a meeting via Skype, they will have to supply their CV. Once all documents are ready, email them to email@example.com. The graduate secretary will initiate the petition.
2. The graduate secretary will submit the petition on your behalf and notify you of any additional documents are needed
3. The e-petition requires approvals by the Graduate Program Director, the Dean of CASE and the Dean of UGS.
4. Once your petition decision is made, UGS will send you an automated email.
- Panther Degree Audit Changes
All students should log in and check their Panther Degree Audits (PDAs) once per year, preferably when annual evaluations are completed.
Your PDA should reflect the course curriculum to complete your doctoral training within your track. So, you will need to make sure that all courses are being applied to the requirements for which you took them. If you have doubts, please consult with your program director.
If you notice that something needs to be changed or moved to another degree category, you will need to submit a memo approved by the Program Director to the Psychology Graduate Studies secretary.
The memo should be created in Microsoft Word and should include:
1. Your name and Panther ID number.
2. The course(s) you need to move with details on what category it should be moved to.
3. Send the Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Leslie Frazier at email@example.com once your Program Director approves your requested changes.
- Quantitative minor for Psychology Ph.D. students
All students completing a Ph.D. in the Psychology department are required to complete three common courses covering introductory topics in applied statistics and quantitative methods: Quantitative Methods I (PSY 5939), Quantitative Methods II (PSY 5939), and Multivariate Analysis in Applied Psychological Research (PSY 5246C).
Students who wish to complete a Minor in Quantitative Psychology are required to complete three (3) additional advanced analytic electives, for a total of 6 statistics courses. Students must achieve a minimum of B- in the course in order for it to be counted toward the minor. Electives may be selected from the list of approved courses below, or contact Dr. Stefany Coxe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for approval of a different course.
Approved courses (as of Spring 2018)
- Introduction to SEM for Psychological Research (PSY 5939)
- Longitudinal Data Analysis (PSY 5939 / PHC 6056)
- Categorical Data Analysis (PSY 5939)
- Missing Data (PSY 5939)
- Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis (PHC 6062)
- Hierarchical Linear Modeling for Educational Research (EDF 7489)
- High Dimension Data Analysis (STA 6636)
- Network Analysis for Education and Social Science (SCE 7990)
NOTE: This is a departmental minor and therefore does not appear on your final transcript or diploma. This is also true of your Ph.D. concentration; your diploma will read that you received a Ph.D. in Psychology, not Developmental Science, Clinical Science, etc.
Funding & Traveling
- Department Funding
The Department of Psychology at Florida International University currently provides opportunities for seed funds for research, travel and research conference support. Funding decisions are based on graduate student applications received by the noted deadline. For further information about department-based funding, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Student Seed Fund Awards
The University Graduate School is committed to excellence in graduate education and is proud to offer fellowship opportunities for new and continuing students. It is important to note that funding for the fellowships is limited and very competitive. To be considered for specific awards, it is critical to
submita complete application prior to the stated deadline. University Graduate School Fellowships
- FIU Funding
The Graduate & Professional Student Committee (GPSC) helps facilitate and enhance the overall graduate student experience, by advancing the University’s academic goals and promoting quality presentations and research efforts. They also work in conjunction with other Graduate Student Organizations and departments in order to present educational workshops and coordinate symposiums and scholarly forums.
The Presidential Enhanced Graduate Assistantship Award is awarded to students based on GRE scores, GPA, and recommendations from the Chairperson and Dean. The award boosts the student's annual stipend by $5,000 and is for four years. Those admitted students who are selected for the Presidential Award are contacted by the University Graduate School.
The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity, in conjunction with the Florida Board of Regents (BOR), offers a number of fellowships to minority graduate students. This award is restricted to minority students who are permanent residents of the United States and have been admitted into select graduate disciplines and professional program where minority graduate students are disproportionately underrepresented. The award is up to $5,000 per year. All interested students should contact Ms. Bennie Osborne at 305-348-2785 or visit the FIU Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity.
The Financial Aid Office pays up to $1,000 per semester (Graduate Need-Based Grant) to students who have financial need. Students must complete a financial aid form which can be obtained at the FIU Financial Aid Office, PC 125, Miami, Fl 33199, via FIU OneStop. Monies will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. International students are not eligible for these awards. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis.
The Dean's Office in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education offers a limited amount of scholarship funds. Criteria for awarding these funds, as well as the amount of the award, vary from one academic unit to the other. Full-time enrollment is a requirement. Please contact the Department of Psychology Chair for more information.
- External Funding
The American Psychological Association provides numerous awards and sources of funding for graduate students. Funding opportunities include tuition reimbursement, travel awards, dissertation/ thesis research support, and fellowships for specific populations or areas of interest. Through this link, students will be able to access information about these and other related opportunities.
The Association of Psychological Science provides numerous funding opportunities for students. These include research and grant awards and competitions as well as travel assistance to conferences. The APS’s RISE Research Award is a committee that works to enhance awareness of the need for research by and/or about underrepresented populations and offers funding opportunities in six specific areas.
The State of Florida Board of Regents (BOR) has established a grant to assist minority students with their graduate education in areas where they have been traditionally underrepresented. Eligibility requirements include: a) admission to FIU Graduate School for the first time in the summer or spring semesters of the award year, b) enrollment for a minimum of six credit hours, c) minority students (American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Black
andHispanic) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The award is on a one-time basis and is for $1,300. The application can be obtained inthe University Graduate School. The deadline is February 15th (Spring admission) or April 1st (Summer admission).
The Florida Education Fund (FEF) in Tampa, Florida provides fellowships for African-American citizens to pursue Ph.D. degrees in the state of Florida. Applicants must be African American, U.S. citizens ready to start their Ph.D. degree. The fellowship will be awarded only to persons who intend to seek the Ph.D. degree. The award is up to $5000 per year plus an annual stipend
on$12,000. The application can be obtained in the University Graduate School, by visiting the Florida Education Fund website or calling 813-272-2722. The application deadline is January 15th of every year.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. Applicants must be (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The award is intended for students who are in their first or second years of graduate study and is for a maintenance grant of $20,000 plus 1/2 of tuition. The completed application must be postmarked by November 30.
- How to Travel
Before you travel
Step 1 - The Graduate Student and Professional Committee is the most common way to receive funding for a conference. Before applying, please view their frequently asked questions and their presentation to understand funding processes. You must apply minimum five weeks before the conference but it is highly suggested you do it sooner. On the application, the travel liasion email should be email@example.com and name Brandon Isahack.
Step 2 - After applying for GPSC funding, Student Government, Department, outside agency, personal funds etc., the College of Arts, Sciences & Education will support graduate travel on a matching basis. The college will award up to $200 once a year to encourage graduate students to present their research at professional meetings, to defray travel expenses associated with research, or to interview for a job. Apply for CASE funds here. Once completed, send the application in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Graduate Program Director memo will be attached to your PDF folio. The CASE funds application must be sent by the department and not from the student. Students will be copied when the application is sent to CASE.
** Right after applying to GPSC funds, students may apply for CASE funding. Include your GPSC application or acceptance email in the application folio referenced above. CASE funding applications need to be submitted four weeks before travel.
Step 3 - To process your travel, you must designate an office travel liasion, Brandon, as your proxy. If you are uncertain of your proxies, here are instructions to view them:
When you log into myFIU on the main page, make sure the yellow tab on top says "employee" then on the upper right corner, click the 3 horizontal bar icon. In there, click on Main Menu, then click on Financial Self Service, then click on the first Employee Self Service option. Once there, click on Travel and Expenses, then click User preferences, then Delegate Entry Authority. Your PID number should show up as the first authorized. Click on the + icon to add Brandon's PID (email email@example.com to request his PID number if you do not already have it) then click save.
A travel authorization must be completed by the traveler BEFORE you leave to go to a conference and then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If GPSC is funding your trip, you must provide the email confirmation from GPSC before the Travel Authorization can be created.
Please address travel questions to email@example.com.
Travel Reimbursement Requirements:
The following items are needed in order to process your reimbursement (click here for sample folio):
- Airfare confirmation/invoice - REMINDER: As per FIU travel policy, the dates of your domestic travel cannot start earlier than 24 hours prior to the start of your event (48 hours for foreign travel) or end 24 hours after the end of your event (48 hours for foreign travel). Airfare confirmation/invoices need to show your name, ticket number, seat type (coach or economy class), airfare amount paid and must show credit card used with last four digits. Trip insurance or seat upgrades are not reimbursable. If you use one of the websites for example like Cheap Tickets, Orbitz, etc., please make sure you print out a receipt that includes credit card used with the last 4 digits. Copies of boarding passes are optional but it is always a good idea to submit them. (Please check, if you have GPSC funding, this may be a requirement).
- Conference Registration - Payment confirmation MUST SHOW PAID WITH ZERO BALANCE DUE.
- Lodging - Lodging Folio showing zero balance due (even if you are not being reimbursed for lodging, Controllers requires to see where you stayed). You can share rooms but please request that the hotel charge each guest separate. If only one card gets charged, the owner of that card will be reimbursed. This is important if you are receiving GPSC and CASE funding. Credit card statements cannot be used in place of receipts or folios. They may be used in addition to your receipts, in certain cases only, such as when multiple students share the hotel cost and you need to prove the owner of each card.
- Conference Program - Copy of the front page of the conference program along with the page(s) that show your name and presentation. Also provide the full conference program and agenda.
- Mileage - If you drive to a conference, we need a mapquest with the roundtrip miles from FIU to the conference hotel.
- Meals - Meal per diem for domestic travel is $36 per day ($6 breakfast, $11 lunch and $19 dinner). It is calculated from the moment your flight leaves until you return). If there are any meals included in the conference itinerary, you will not be reimbursed for them. Foreign meals are calculated depending on the city and country visiting. Please visit https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem.asp for that information. MEAL RECEIPTS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
- Incidentals - taxi, shuttle, baggage, airport parking receipts can also be submitted for reimbursement if you have available funding for it.
PLEASE BE SURE TO SUBMIT ALL RECEIPTS TOGETHER AT ONCE TO PSYGRAD@FIU.EDU.
After the expense report is submitted, all budget managers must approve. Final approval is from the Controller’s department and the process can take up to several weeks.
- Poster PrintingAs of March 2019, academic poster printing for traveling graduate students presenting at conferences is available in the Psychology Department DM 256. One poster per student/conference. Students will need to come in person to process poster printing. Posters must be in PDF format and on a flashdrive. No e-mail requests are accepted.