Application Information

The Department of Psychology is currently recruiting applications for the 2022 Fall matriculation class. We are looking for bright, motivated students who have an inquisitive mind and a passion for psychological research. Work alongside world-renowned faculty who are utilizing novel techniques to perform cutting-edge research into human cognition, development, behavior, and social dynamics. At FAU we believe that celebrating and valuing diversity and inclusivity generates innovative pedagogy, inspired curricula, high-quality research, effectively problem-solving, and general creativity, by establishing an environment in which all students can achieve their potential. Not to mention, we are located in sunny South Florida, just a few minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth! 

Graduate Admission Requirements
Important Dates
How to Apply
Graduate Student Testimonials

Graduate Admission Requirements

Graduate training begins during the Fall semester and students are considered Full-time. Applicants must have received, or be candidates for, a baccalaureate degree from an approved college or university. All graduate applicants must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Due to the impact of COVID-19, the GRE requirement will be waived for the 2022 application cycle.
  • Grade point average (GPA) at 3.0 (B average) or higher during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework.

*It is important to note that the average GPA for accepted applicants in recent years is approximately 3.6.

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for graduate study in psychology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates

  • The application deadline for the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program is December 1st each year.
  • The application deadline for the M.A. program in Psychology is April 1st each year.

Please be advised that the Department of Psychology does not offer a degree in Clinical Psychology.

FAU is proud to offer quality education at a reasonable rate. Our tuition and fees compare to other states of Florida schools. Doctoral students who abide by student employment requirements may be granted graduate assistantships and full or partial tuition waivers. For more information on financing your education and specifics about tuition and fees, financial aid, and fellowships, students can visit the Graduate College website here.

Additionally, beginning in Fall 2020, FAU will pay for 75% of the annual Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) premium cost. More information on Student Health Insurance Plans for Graduate students can be found on the Graduate College Website here.

How to Apply 

Step 1

Initiate the application process via FAU’s Graduate College Website.

Here you will create an account, fill out the Graduate College Admissions application online, submit the application fee, and request your GRE scores and transcripts from all universities that you attended sent to:

Florida Atlantic University, Graduate College
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33413

Step 2

Complete the Department of Psychology online application here. 

Here you will fill out the basics and self-report your GRE scores (if available) and GPA information. Also, print out three (3) letters of recommendation forms from the Graduate College.

Follow the letter of recommendation instructions and have letters sent to:

Florida Atlantic University, Psychology Department
777 Glades Road, BS 12/Room 101
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Many of our faculty are also associated with the Brain Institute. Therefore, Experimental Psychology Ph.D. applicants interested in neuroscience-related training may also enter via the FAU Brain Institute Sponsored Graduate Neuroscience Training Program (GNTP). For more information on applying for this program please visit the Graduate Neuroscience Training Program Website. 

Graduate Student Testimonials 

emh“To me, the best thing about going to graduate school at FAU is the sense of cohesion. Working with different professors, peers, and undergraduate students make the FAU Psychology Department feel whole.” 
-Emily Herrmann (Ph.D. Program), 2020




“The best thing about going to graduate school at FAU is the sense of camaraderie between each of the labs, students, and mentors. “ 
-Brian Escobar (Ph.D. program), 2020






“Florida Atlantic University has lots of resources for graduate students. I have access to high-quality scientists and mentors here at FAU and also financial support to seek out collaborations and guidance outside of psychology. This combination allowed me to pursue highly interdisciplinary and exciting research.” 
-Emily Stark (Ph.D. program), 2020





“Going to graduate school at FAU has been a very rewarding experience both from an academic and from a personal perspective. The diverse background of the students and faculty enriches our learning experience. Additionally, the collaborative environment within my lab (both from my mentor and fellow students) has been key to my growth and success.” 
-Fernanda Arruda, 2020