Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence (BRIDGE)


The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is accepting applications for the newly established Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence (BRIDGE) certificate. BRIDGE is designed to prepare post-baccalaureate students for admission to Ph.D. programs in the behavioral and social sciences. BRIDGE students will develop advanced skills that will increase their competitiveness for admission to graduate school. Participants will strengthen their behavioral science research skills, participate as active members of faculty-mentored research teams, develop skills needed to apply to graduate school and to pursue research careers, and obtain community-based experience in an area related to their research interests.

Increasingly, students in the behavioral sciences are postponing graduate education for one or more years in order to obtain practical and research experience related to graduate studies, prepare their graduate application materials, save money for graduate school, and prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The BRIDGE Certificate is a 16 hour, two-semester sequence of courses for cohorts of 10 -15 students. Students may be admitted for the summer/fall cohort or the fall/spring cohort.

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Program F.A.Q.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus. Accepting applications for Summer co-hort.

Admission requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the BRIDGE Certificate must have completed a B.S. or B.A in a behavioral science, social science or a related discipline by the start of the program and obtained a 3.5 GPA during their last two years of undergraduate study. In addition, students must have completed an undergraduate research methods course and a statistics course. Students not meeting these requirements may request an exception from the Certificate Director by presenting information indicating comparable coursework or experiences. If you would like to discuss the BRIDGE Certificate with Dr. Roger Boothroyd, Certificate Director, please call 813-974-6290 to schedule an appointment.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Research methods and statistics or equivalent. Exception by permission of Certificate Director


Total of 16 credit hours

MHS 5745 - Applied Qualitative Research Mehods (3)
MHS 5746 - Applied Quantitative Research Methods (3)
MHS 5721 - BRIDGE Proseminar I (2)MHS 5722 - BRIDGE Proseminar II (2)
MHS 5889 - BRIDGE Community Field Experience (2)
MHS 6915 - Directed Research (minimum of 4 credits required)



Time limit

Two semesters

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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