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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Admission to the Major

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Requirements for Admission

Although you can declare a major at any time, in order to graduate with a psychology degree, you must also be admitted to the major.  When you decide to major in psychology, you are required to meet the following criteria before you can be admitted to the major and take 300-400 level classes:

  1. Obtain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (this has been changed to 2.70 in the 2015-2016 bulletin)
  2. Earn 32 semester credits
  3. Complete PSYC201 (Statistics) with a grade of C- or better

To apply to be admitted to the major, complete[PDF] this admission form (1 MiB) and submit it along with a printed DARS report to  the psychology office in AH23.

You will need to be admitted to the major in order to take upper-level (300 or 400 level) courses in Psychology. If you do not meet all the requirements to be admitted to the major, you can contact Carol Seifert (our office manager) to gain access to upper-level courses for one semester. After that semester, you will be unable to register for upper-level Psychology courses until you have been admitted to the major. Please contact your Psychology advisor or the Advising U center in Armstrong Hall 114 if you have questions or concerns about meeting these requirements.

Once admitted to the major, you are required to take core courses in Learning & Cognition, Personality/Social, Biological, and Developmental.  A psychology major requires 40 major credits which includes required courses and electives.  This structure ensures that you will receive a solid understanding of the foundational areas of psychology.