How To Apply

The Ph.D. in Behavioral & Community Sciences is a new program and the first class was admitted Fall, 2017 semester.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early in order ensure full consideration for scholarships and other funding opportunities that may have deadlines earlier than the final application deadline.

The priority deadlines for submission of applications from domestic students are:

  • Fall admission: December 15th

The priority deadlines for submission of applications from international students are:

  • Fall admission: December 15th

For full consideration, applications and all supporting materials must be received by the stated deadline. Applications received after the deadline may also be considered but only if the application is exceptionally strong and space is still available after considering all applicants who applied by the deadline.

Interested individuals must apply directly to the University of South Florida Graduate School Admissions Office using the Online Graduate Application.

Applicants must include the following items as part of their online application:

  1. Writing Sample 1: Applicants must submit a writing sample, such as a major paper, thesis, or research paper for which you are the sole author.

  2. Writing Sample 2: Applicants must submit a personal goal statement of 2 – 3 pages that describes why you want to obtain the Ph.D. in Behavioral & Community Sciences. The personal goal statement should include the following:

    • Explain why you want to pursue a research career in Behavioral & Community Sciences and describe your area of interest(s).
    • Tell us why you want to attend USF to obtain your graduate degree. Show that you are familiar with our program (professors and research areas in which you are interested, features of the program that appeal to you, etc.) and why you think the program will be a good fit for you.
    • Describe your strengths, achievements, and special skills.
    • Address any areas that may appear to be a weakness on your application or transcript. Provide a context to help the Admission Committee understand the situation as appropriate.
    • Describe your career goal(s) and explain how a Ph.D. in BCS will help you reach those goal(s).

  3. Two letters of recommendation: Letters should be written by faculty members or other professional personnel who have knowledge of your academic background, potential for success in graduate school, and commitment to a research career. Letters of recommendation are requested through the online application. The potential recommenders will receive an email asking them to upload a letter to the USF application system. You may track who has completed your letter of recommendation by logging into the USF online application system.

  4. An unofficial copy of your transcript: Although an official copy of your transcript is required, the application process will be expedited if you upload an unofficial transcript at the time you submit your application.

  5. An unofficial copy of your GRE scores: Although an official copy of your GRE scores are required, the application process will be expedited if you upload an unofficial copy at the time you submit your application.

  6. Resume (optional): Applicants may submit a personal resume that summarizes your academic/work history and accomplishments.

In addition to the online application, the applicant must submit:

1. Official transcripts for all coursework completed to date.
2. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (Institution code: 5828).

Important: Please order from your institution an official electronic transcript to be sent to or mail official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions – Graduate (see address below).  Also, official GRE scores should be sent to USF school code 5828. 

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
SVC 1036
4202 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620