Admission Requirements

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Who Applies? 

The CWB Program admission process is highly selective. We admit a small number of students (2-4) in each admission cycle. We are particularly dedicated to increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the profession. Qualified applicants to our program have research and practical experiences relevant to a career in community psychology. Applicants with master’s degrees in Community Psychology are especially encouraged to apply. A master’s degree is not required, but students applying without a master’s degree will have to take more courses and should expect more time to graduation. Specifically, qualified applicants are able to demonstrate in their applications: 

  • An excellent academic record 
  • An interest in becoming a scholar/researcher and seeking an academic position upon graduation. This interest should be informed by prior research experience.  
  • Familiarity with the field of community psychology 
  • A fit with a CWB faculty members’ research program in terms of background and interests 

Application Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in CWB is based on the following*: 

  • An undergraduate and graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 2 academic and 1 can be from a practitioner/community member). 
  • A personal statement describing the following: 
    • Reasons for applying to the program; 
    • Previous research experience 
    • Previous experience with community-based work 
    • Specific ideas for developing a research program 
    • Fit with at least one CWB faculty members’ research program and interest in working with in terms of background and interests. To be considered, applicants must identify a CWB faculty member they are interested in working with. 
    • Goals upon graduation. 
  • Current Resume 
  • A writing sample that summarizes or reports on research must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office directly by email SOEgradadmissions@miami.edu

Qualified students will be invited for an interview. 

 For full consideration complete applications are due by January 1st