Psychology Major/Minor

Psychology explores how and why the human mind functions the way it does in healthy individuals, as well as abnormal brain function and its effects on life.

The psychology major at Saint Mary’s serves students who plan to attend a graduate or professional school in psychology or a related field, those whose occupations will require knowledge of psychology (teachers, social workers, counselors, etc.), and those who are interested in psychology as a complement to a variety of other studies.

Career Options

Clinical psychologists; counseling psychologists; health psychologists; industrial and organizational psychologists; sports psychologists; neuropsychologists; marriage and family therapists; mental health and substance abuse workers; social workers; program evaluators; research psychologists; and school psychologists.

High School Preparation

Biology; Chemistry; Community Environmental Studies; Health Science; Mathematics; Psychology; Social Science; and Statistics.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in psychology oftentimes pursue additional studies in sociology, education, and human services.

Grad School

Psychology majors who graduate from Saint Mary's will find it easy to transition to the university's graduate programs, located in the Twin Cities and Rochester. Pursue your passion with a master's degrees in marriage and family therapy, and counseling and psychological services, a graduate certificate in addiction studies, or a Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology.

Psychology Minor

Psychology minors supplement most any major in the liberal arts. A minor in psychology will provide foundational knowledge helpful to any student's post-graduate career.

Degree Requirements

Psychology Major, B.A.

A. All of the following:

  • PY111 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY201 Psychology of Success: Skills for Academics, Career, and a Balanced, Ethical Life (3 credits)
  • PY211 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY220 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
  • PY235 Quantitative Analysis for Psychological Science (3 credits)
  • PY305 Learning and Cognition (4 credits)
  • PY310 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY335 Scientific Research in Psychology with Lab (3 credits)
  • PY370 Personality Psychology (4 credits)

B. One of the following:

  • PY340 Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PY341 Health Psychology (3 credits)

C. The following or section D:

  • PY489 Thesis Planning (1 credit)
  • PY490 Research: Data Collection (1 credit)
  • PY491 Thesis (1 credit)

D. The following or section C:

  • PY488 Internship Planning (1 credit)
  • PY496/497 Internship in Psychology (1–17 credits)
  • PY498 Internship Integration (1 credit)

E. Seven credits, chosen from:

  • PY300 Collaborative Research II (1 credit)
  • PY306-309 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3 credits)
  • PY430 Clinical and Counseling Psychology (4 credits)
  • PY470-479 Seminars in Psychology (1–3 credits)

Psychology Minor

A. The following courses:

  • PY111 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY220 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)

B. 13 additional credits in psychology.

Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to making college accessible and affordable.

We strive to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while delivering an excellent private education. Approximately 99 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

2019-20 Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition*: $36,050
  • Room**: $5,230
  • Board: $4,120
  • Activity fee: $170
  • Technology fee: $370
  • Laundry fee: $80

* Additional tuition for 3+2 PA Program $3,550

** Additional fee for the following residences:

  • Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
  • Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
  • Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600

Additional Fees (if applicable)

  • Per credit instruction $1,200
  • Per credit audit $600
  • Foreign study fee:
    • London $1,420
    • All others $650
  • Commencement fee $190 (2019-2020 graduates)
  • Late registration (per class) $50 (after add/drop period)
  • N.S.F./Returned check or A.C.H. $20


New students who have been admitted are asked to confirm their attendance by sending a $300 non-refundable deposit to the university. Returning students must pay a $250 housing deposit prior to housing registration. This deposit is credited to the student's account.

Fall 2019 Application Timelines

Rolling Admission

If you've missed the January 15th deadline, don't worry! You can still apply, thanks to our rolling admission policy. There are lots of scholarships and financial awards available for first-time freshmen at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Students who submit and complete their admission file after January 16, will be reviewed and receive an admission decision 1-2 weeks after submitting their admission file.

Early Action I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: October 15
  • Decisions Announced: November 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Early Action II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: November 15
  • Decisions Announced: December 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: December 15
  • Decisions Announced: January 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: January 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: January 15
  • Decisions Announced: February 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: February 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Program taught in:
  • English

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