Applications are closed for Fall 2019

Application Deadline for Fall 2020: November 11, 2019


Doctoral Program

Admissions Requirements. The following items are required for admissions consideration into the doctoral program:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. Although a psychology major at the undergraduate level is preferred, the department has, on occasion, accepted students with undergraduate preparation in other disciplines.
  • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is recommended but not required for 2019 admissions.
  • Undergraduate Courses in the Core Domains of Psychology. As a condition of admission, the Department requires the successful completion of 2 or more graduate- or undergraduate-level courses, taken at a regionally accredited college or university, in the following core domains of Psychology:
    1. History and Systems of Psychology, providing coverage of the origins and development of major ideas in the discipline of psychology
    2. Affective Aspects of Behavior, including topics such as affect, mood, emotion, and motivation. This component can be covered in a broader course, as long as there is documentation in a provided syllabus and as long as the “affective” component is separately evaluated (paper, examination, etc.)
    3. Biological Aspects of Behavior: multiple underpinnings of behavior, such as neural, physiological, anatomic, and genetic aspects.  A more “narrow” course in neuropsychology or psychopharmacology does not fulfill this requirement.
    4. Cognitive Aspects of Behavior: topics such as learning, memory, thought processes, language, decision-making.  Cognitive testing or cognitive therapy courses do not, by themselves, fulfill this requirement.
    5. Developmental Aspects of Behavior: including transitions, growth, and development across the lifespan.  A course limited to one developmental period (e.g., childhood, old age) does not fulfill this requirement.
    6. Social Aspects of Behavior: group processes, attributions, discrimination, and attitudes.  A course in individual and cultural diversity, or a course in group of family therapy do not, by themselves fulfill this requirement

In order to meet this requirement, each claimed course must appear on an official transcript submitted by the student and must have earned a grade of C+ or better.  Such coursework does NOT have to be taken in the context of a major in Psychology or as part of a degree program (i.e., courses may be taken as an enrolled post-baccalaureate student), although doing so normally provides the best evidence that the relevant content was mastered.  Applicants will be asked to provide relevant syllabi as documentation that specific topical areas were covered.

(NOTE:  Any core domain not completed prior to enrollment in the doctoral program will require coursework or other experience while enrolled as a graduate student, as is required by accreditation standards.  Completion of at least 2 of these discipline-specific areas at the undergraduate level opens up the opportunity for the student to obtain more coverage of advanced, integrative experiences at the graduate level.

Recommended Additional Coursework and Preparation.  Our most successful applicants have typically benefitted from having the following recommended experience and coursework:

  1. A minimum of 1-2 semesters as a research assistant in a laboratory conducting psychological research. Ideally, participation in publication or presentation of the laboratory’s research would serve as evidence of the quality of the applicant’s work.
  2. Some coursework in life-science fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, health science
  3. A course in statistics or research design
  4. Note: most successful applicants also have additional basic science backgrounds as part of their undergraduate majors.

Recent statistics suggest that the average first year student has a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 314 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.63. For more information see Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data. All students had, in addition to didactic preparation, some practical experience of a clinical or research nature prior to enrollment. The admission committee places particular emphasis on prior research experience, the breadth and quality of the undergraduate preparation in basic science and psychology, letters of recommendation and personal statements. Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing) and the score on the GRE Psychology Subject Test also affect the committee’s decision.

The admissions committee has throughout the years not required interviews as part of the acceptance procedure. However, interviews are highly recommended because they benefit both the applicant and the program in determining whether there is a good fit between the applicant’s training needs and training opportunities. You are welcome to contact the individual faculty and discuss specifics of the area that you are interested.

The admissions committee makes every effort to make contact with all applicants in the final selection pool who are also invited to a recruitment weekend to be held in February. The number of students admitted is typically 12-15 from an applicant pool of about 350-400.  The actual size of the class is determined by a number of different factors including available faculty, University, and departmental support, program needs, and the goal of attracting and maintaining an excellent and diverse student body.  The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology adheres to the Guidelines for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances adopted by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology and to Admissions policies established by the Council of Graduate Schools.  The CUDCP guidelines can be found here.

The admissions process involves the following steps:  (1) After the deadline for completion of application materials has passed, the electronic application package is distributed to members of the admissions committee for review.  This typically takes place during December and early January.  (2) The admissions committee then meets to review rankings and to select a group of applicants to invite for our yearly Interview Weekend, which typically takes place in February or early March.  Students who are invited for interviews but who cannot attend Interview Weekend are offered telephone interviews or, in extenuating circumstances, later on-campus interviews.  (3) After the interview process is complete, the admission committee consults program faculty and students for feedback.  This data, together with information available in the application packet, is considered during a final admissions committee meeting in which rank order lists are created.  (4)  The applicants are then either offered admission, placed on an alternate list, or declined admission.  Status in the first two categories may change as admissions offers are accepted or denied until all admissions slots are filled.

The University of Florida encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes from all cultural, racial, religious and ethnic groups. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

All application materials must be submitted by November 11, 2019 to ensure consideration for Fall 2020 selection.

The following faculty have openings in their laboratories for new students in Fall 2019:

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

  • TBD

Clinical Health

  • TBD


  • TBD

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

  • TBD


For additional information regarding Ph.D. Program Admissions, please contact the Program Director, Russell Bauer, Ph.D., at or the Academic Coordinator, Melissa Naidu at 352-273-6142 or via email at