Graduate Admissions Information

Student Selection

To receive full consideration for entry into the Ph.D. program for the Fall of the ensuing school year, ALL application materials must be received no later than December 1. Only students pursuing the Ph.D. are admitted. We do not admit students into Masters’ programs.  Approximately 10 to 15 clinical students are admitted each year from 400-500 applicants, and they are distributed across the four clinical program tracks (adult, child, pediatric, and health); applicants to the clinical program should indicate the specific program track to which they are applying. The number of admissions to the developmental, evolutionary science, behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral medicine programs vary each year. Applicants for admission to graduate study in the Department of Psychology must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, and provide official transcripts, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. No other supplementary materials will be reviewed.

The Department of Psychology uses an online application for admission to our graduate program.  Complete instructions for the application are online at the application site. 

A complete application must include: application with personal statement, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and GRE scores. All Letters of Recommendation are completed online. Email transcripts to inquire@psy.miami.edu.  Applicants should have their GRE scores sent directly to the Psychology Department. The institution code is 5815 and the department code is 2001.

No paper materials will be considered.

In applying to admission to the graduate program, the faculty caution that we do not encourage students to change programs, but rather we strongly encourage applicants to select the graduate program that best meets their career goals at the time of initial application to the graduate program.

Top applicants will be invited to visit the University of Miami in order to interview with the faculty, meet current graduate students, and familiarize themselves with the University and the surrounding community.  This visit is scheduled to take place the last Friday in January.  Invitations are typically extended in late December or early January.

Applicants for admission to graduate status in psychology generally have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher overall and must have at least 18 hours of undergraduate psychology courses which must include courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology or Research Methods. Students lacking the necessary preparation must ordinarily make up deficiencies prior to admission to the Graduate School. All applicants must present the Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude Tests; Advanced Test in Psychology preferred but not mandatory). GRE scores for the middle 50% of successful applicants range from 590-700 (V) and 620-700 (Q). These GRE scores in the current scoring system range from 159-166 (V) and 149-155 (Q).

The University of Miami clinical program operates under a scientist-practitioner model, with somewhat greater emphasis on the clinical science or research component. As such, successful applicants typically have at least one semester of research experience in psychology or a related field. Experiences might include running experimental protocols, conducting literature searches on current topics, entering data from experiments, analyzing data using statistical techniques, preparing posters for presentation, or preparing manuscripts for publication. Because the clinical program uses a "mentor model" for research training, applicants should clearly indicate which faculty mentors they are interested in working with on their research.

Applicants to the clinical program are also encouraged to highlight their clinical experiences, such as working at a clinic or hospital, in their applications. Clinical experience is not required, however, to achieve admission into the program.

All the graduate programs work on a "mentorship model" that is, students are admitted to work with a specific faculty mentor, or possibly a combination of faculty members. Faculty select students based on the quality of the application and the match between the student's and mentor's research interests. The mentor supervises the student's research, including the Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation. Occasionally students choose to switch mentors after starting the program.

Letters of recommendation should be provided by professionals (typically professors, research supervisors, and/or clinical supervisors) who are familiar with the applicant's work and strengths. All Letters of Recommendation are completed online (see "Online Application" section below).

  • Our Graduate Program has a strong commitment to diversity. In an effort to establish a multicultural environment our program utilizes resources aimed at promoting and advancing graduate student diversity. As such, we encourage persons from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds to apply for admission to the Department of Psychology Graduate Program. FOR ACCREDITATION PURPOSES, Colleges and Universities ARE REQUIRED TO collect and report on race and ethnic information for students, faculty and staff. In order for our Department to respond to these requests we ask you to please complete this demographic information. Please note that your response to this demographic request is completely voluntary. Thank you for considering this perspective when completing your application materials.

Student Evaluation and Admission Process

Once completed applications are received they are assigned to one of the three graduate divisions (Adult, Child, Health), and a faculty representative from the division performs a preliminary screening of the applications for completeness and competitiveness. Our graduate program has a strong commitment to diversity, and we encourage persons from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds to apply for admission to our program. Therefore, applications are also screened by a faculty representative from each graduate division to ensure that there is adequate representation of ethnic minority applicants among the applications deemed to be competitive.

Competitive applications are then placed electronically in a folder (one folder for each graduate division and each clinical program track) on the departmental server, with only departmental faculty given access to the applications. The faculty from each graduate division then review the applicant files.

Once faculty mentors identify applicants who are a good fit for their lab and for the relevant graduate program, each Division meets separately to discuss their potential candidates. Each Division compiles a list of applicants they wish to interview for admission; that list is then reviewed and approved by the Department Chair. Potential sources of funding for the applicants are also identified. Applicants are then invited to interview at UM (typically in February).

Soon after "Interview Weekend," faculty meet with their Division to discuss preferred candidates for admission and any "alternate" candidates. A ranked list of candidates for admission is then forwarded to and reviewed by the Department Chair, along with recommendations for financial aid (all our students are funded). The department offers financial aid in the form of NIH traineeships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Assistantships and predoctoral traineeship stipends typically range from $20,000 to $22,500 per year plus tuition remission.

After approval by the Department Chair, mentors may contact their applicants to give verbal feedback that an official offer will be forthcoming. The Department will send the offer letter to admitted candidates by U.S. Mail with a copy also sent via email.  Additionally, any offer of admission is contingent upon the results of a criminal background check.

Applicants who are selected for admission have until April 15th to reach a decision and respond in writing. Our Department and our Clinical Program abide by the policies of APA, the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Programs, which commit us to giving candidates until April 15th to decide whether they will accept our offer. However, we hope that applicants respect this process and do not hold on to multiple offers while they are deciding on a graduate program. We appreciate hearing from applicants once they have made a decision, so that we can plan on their attendance or consider alternate candidates.

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