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Program Information


The Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida is committed to furthering our understanding of behavior and mental processes by utilizing the methods of science in both basic and applied research. We seek to train graduate students as independent scholars as they affiliate with one or more of the broad spectrum of research programs carried out by our faculty. By emphasizing the importance of research, teaching, and other scholarly endeavors, we hope to instill in our graduates a firm commitment to the pursuit of knowledge as well as a strong determination to find solutions for pressing human problems.


Given the large variety of research that is conducted here in the department, we have organized our graduate program into three concentrations: Clinical, CNS (Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology), or Industrial-Organizational. You can find more information about each program by clicking on the links above or by reviewing the information on our Admissions page and the Graduate Student Handbook on our Students: Policies & Procedures page.

For the Clinical Doctoral Training Program, the Clinical Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data report is available for review.

Application Information

Students are admitted to one of the three Ph.D. concentrations. We do not offer a terminal masters degree as we expect each of our graduate students to work toward the Ph.D. For more information and application materials, please visit our Admissions page.

Graduate Course Permits

If you would like to request special permission to enroll in a psychology course at the Tampa campus, please use the Course Permit Request Form. All requests will be processed within 2 business days. You will be contacted if your request for special permission was denied. This request DOES NOT register for you. You will still be required to add the course(s) via Oasis.

Course Permit Request Form for Graduate courses ONLY (For undergraduate course permits, please visit

Awards and Scholarships for Graduate Students

The department offers several monetary awards and scholarships for Psychology graduate students. Please visit our Awards and Scholarships page for requirements, applications, and deadlines.


If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Pierce at or 813-974-0497.