Transfer Students

Students must apply and be accepted to the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts in order to declare a psychology major. 

Once admitted, transfer students will register to attend a mandatory Transfer Student Orientation. At orientation, you will learn more information about the transfer and course evaluation process. You will also meet with a psychology advisor to officially declare your psychology major. You will receive more detailed information about Transfer Student Orientation in your email closer to your orientation date.

Transfer Student Guidelines

It is important to keep in mind that your psychology major will make up only a portion of your overall degree requirements. First and second year students at the U of M typically take only a few of their major courses during these first two years. Therefore, the Department of Psychology recommends that prospective psychology transfer students take the following courses at their current institution to stay on track:

  • Introductory/General Psychology
  • No more than 2 upper-level psychology courses

Contact a CLA Transfer Advisor for more information regarding course planning prior to your transfer, CLA degree requirements, and the transfer process.

Evaluating Psychology Transfer Coursework

Have you completed psychology coursework at another institution? Any transfer coursework is evaluated through the Department of Psychology's undergraduate advising office. Prior to orientation, the psychology advising office completes individual course planning sheets for each student, complete with transfer course equivalencies, as they have been evaluated up to that date.  We will review this sheet with you individually at your orientation and assist with your psychology course planning.

If you would like to see if your previously completed psychology courses have already been evaluated and if they can be applied toward your psychology major or minor requirements, you may email psyadvis@umn.edu with the following information:

  • Name 
  • University of Minnesota student ID number (if applicable) 
  • University of Minnesota email (if applicable)
  • Institution and location the course was/will be taken
  • Semester the course was/will be taken (e.g. Spring 2015)
  • Courses number and title from that institution (e.g. PSYC 1001, "Introduction to Psychology")

Psychology advising will check if your courses have been previously evaluated by the Department of Psychology (within the past five years). If so, we will communicate this evaluation to you. If this course has not been evaluated, we will need you to provide a syllabus so we can evaluate the course within our psychology curriculum. We examine the syllabus and any additional course materials you provide very carefully. The evaluation takes approximately 1-3 weeks, after which our advisor will contact you with the results of the evaluation.

Note: The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has a separate Department of Child Psychology that evaluates coursework from that discipline (e.g. developmental, lifespan, and child/adolescent psycholgoy coursework). For more information, contact Child Psychology Advising