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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, email and include your tech id.

You will need to be admitted to the major in order to take upper-division (300 or 400 level) courses in Psychology. A student who wishes to register for upper-division psychology courses, but who has not met all three requirements for admission to the major, can seek permission from the department in order to enroll for upper-division courses. This temporary, one-semester permission will be granted if the student meets one or more of the following:

  • Has earned more than 90 total credits towrad a degree, and GPA is at 2.7 or above.
  • Has completed Psyc201 with a grade of C- or above, and cumulative GPA is between 2.6 and 2.7
  • Is currently enrolled in Psyc201, and meets GPA requirement

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.