For Transfer Students

Here is some important information for you if you're considering transferring to Southern to pursue a major in Psychology.

What to Know Before Applying

Admission versus Acceptance

Our Psychology department has an acceptance procedure for the major that's separate from admission to Southern Connecticut State University. You must be accepted into the Psychology major to fulfill several required upper-level Psychology courses. Until you're accepted, you will be considered a "Pre-Psychology" major.

We encourage students to apply for acceptance as soon as they are eligible because several Psychology requirements are restricted to accepted majors.

In the major requirements, Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 are pre-acceptance requirements.  Groups 5, 6, 7, and 8 are post-acceptance requirements.  Groups 9 and 10 (electives) can be taken either before or after acceptance, depending on which courses you choose. (The groupings are slightly different for the Mental Health and Bachelor of Science specializations, but they also have a separation between pre-acceptance and post-acceptance courses.)

The requirements for acceptance are:

1) at least 39 credits overall;
2) an overall GPA of at least 2.70;
3) at least two Psychology courses at the 200-level or higher with a grade of at least B-.
(Note that these are slightly different than the requirements listed in the university catalog. The catalog will be updated in Fall 2016.)

We work with transfer students to expedite the acceptance process. You can use your GPA and Psychology course grades from your current school to meet the acceptance requirements (if it will work to your advantage). If you do meet the requirements, you will be able to apply for acceptance at the beginning of your first semester enrolled at Southern. Otherwise, you can apply in your second semester, based on your total number of credits (transfer and SCSU) and your grades in your one semester at SCSU.

Note:  Students can not formerly enroll in the Mental Health program or the B.S. program until after acceptance. If you're interested in one of these programs, you can contact the program directors for more information.