Graduate Application Process

2022 Student Evaluation and Admission Process

Dec 15

Invitations to Interview

Once completed applications are received, a preliminary screening of the applications for completeness and competitiveness. The Department receives 300-550 applications per year. Potential sources of funding for the applicants are also identified. Prospective mentors perform an initial review of applications and recommend which applicants will receive invitations to interview. Upon Departmental review and approval, invitations to formally interview are extended to applicants. It is rare for any invitations to be extended after December 31. Therefore, if you do not hear by the end of the calendar year, it is unlikely you have been invited. We wish all applicants the best!

Jan 15

McKnight Fellowship Application Due

The McKnight Doctoral Fellowships intend to increase the number of African American and Hispanic individuals with Ph.D. in the state of Florida. African American and Hispanic students who would be moving from others states to Florida to complete doctoral study may qualify. The McKnight Fellowship requires a separate application.
Link McKnight Doctoral Fellowship to:

Jan 20-22

Interview Weekend

Applicants are invited to interview at the University of Miami. Applicants interview with faculty members, receive campus/facility tours, interact with faculty and students, and experience Miami. The format in-person or virtual participation will be determined early fall 2021.

Early Feb

Admissions Decisions

Upon Departmental review, selected applicants are offered admission to the program. Some applicants may be wait-listed. Letters of decision are sent to applicants.

Apr 15

Applicant Decision Deadline

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.

Aug 15

Academic Year Begins

Admitted applicants will begin training activities before the academic year begins.

2022 Application Deadline Countdown

Applications will be accepted September 01 – December 01.
To receive full consideration for entry into the Ph.D. program for the Fall of the next school year, ALL application materials must be received no later than
December 01


A complete application must include:
Online application
   -CV/Resume (attach to personal statement)
   - Desired Major Area of Study
   - Prospective Mentor
   - Research Interests
   - Three letters of recommendation
EMAIL Official transcripts from University to

No other supplementary materials will be reviewed.

Doctoral Programs

Prospective students apply to clinical or psychological sciences programs within the adult, child, pediatric, and health divisions of the department. Approximately 10 to 15 clinical students are admitted across the divisions. Approximately 5 to 10 psychological sciences students are admitted across the developmental, evolution cognition and behavior, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and behavioral medicine programs.

Stipend + Tuition Remission

The department offers financial aid in the form of NIH traineeships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Assistantships and pre-doctoral traineeship stipends typically are $25,000+ per year plus tuition remission.

Please be sure that your personal statement addresses the following:

  1. What research experiences have you had that prepare you for a rigorous research doctoral program in Psychology (e.g., description of experience with research design, study conduct, data analysis, and/or study presentation)?
  2. What preparation (e.g., statistics or math courses) do you have that demonstrate your ability to perform well in graduate-level statistics classes?
  3. What work or life experiences outside of academics (if any) have you had that will facilitate your success in graduate school?
  4. What faculty members you believe can serve as your primary mentor and why you are interested in that person’s research?

Note: Additional requirements may be announced late May. Check back then.