The majority of Minnesota schools that offer a degree in psychology have baccalaureate-level programs. Many schools also offer a master's or doctoral program in the field, or in a specialty area such as counseling or clinical psychology. Minnesota has more than 30 colleges or universities that offer a degree program in psychology, providing students with a wide range of options. Listed below are brief overviews of 10 of the state's largest universities offering psychology programs, in addition to a comparison table with program offerings and tuition information for each school.
Some psychology programs offer specialization within the degree. Students gain practical experience through practicums, projects and internships. Graduate students may also need to complete research, a thesis, a dissertation, an oral exam or a portfolio.
Metropolitan State University
Located in Saint Paul, Metropolitan State University offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology, and several minor options within the field. The BA program consists of 40 major-specific credits, including core classes from four designated categories, electives, and an internship. Core coursework will include social psychology, cognitive psychology, human factors, psychology of personality, and life span development psychology. The university offers minor options in child, educational, industrial and organizational, and mental health psychology. The 36-credit master's program is largely concerned with community health psychology and applied social psychology. Students will take 16 credits within their chosen concentration along with an applied research methods course, and do a thesis or final project in order to successfully complete the program.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Mankato's Minnesota State University - Mankato has a wide range of psychology programs available at several different levels. The school offers a BA in Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology. The university's baccalaureate program requires students to complete 40 credits within the major, including coursework from one of each of the following categories: learning and cognition, personality and social, biological, and developmental. Students must also take several core classes, including statistics for psychology and research methods.
The 50-credit MA in Clinical Psychology is a two-year program that integrates research, practical experience, and didactic training emphasizing interpersonal communication skills. This full-time program will prepare students for a doctorate program in the field and give them extensive hands-on training through collaborative research projects within the department and community. Coursework will include behavioral research methodology, multivariate analysis, adult clinical psychology, standard ethics psychology, two clinical practicums, two research experiences, and a final thesis. The industrial and organizational psychology master's-level option requires students to complete 44 credits, including a three-month internship, a thesis, and coursework within the major. This is a research-intensive program that integrates community involvement, international travel, a consulting experience, and classroom learning. Coursework will include motivation, psychometric theory, stress and health in the workplace, and organizational development. The 106-credit PsyD program focuses on the following four areas: data-based decision making, multiculturalism, mental health, and prevention. This program is designed to prepare students for positions as school psychologists or for university-level teaching positions.
Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Moorhead-based Minnesota State University - Moorhead offers a BA in Psychology, a minor in the field, and an MS and Specialist degree in School Psychology. The 120-credit bachelor's program will give students a strong foundation in psychology through required coursework and electives, including general psychology, personality, experimental methods, and abnormal psychology. The MS and Specialist degree program in School Psychology requires students to complete 35 credits in addition to the 30 credits for the MS program. Coursework will include measurement theory, biopsychology, children's thinking, several practical, research and internship experiences, and a final thesis. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National School Psychology exam.
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud's Saint Cloud State University offers two degree programs within its Department of Psychology, a BA in Psychology and an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as a minor in the field. The 41-credit bachelor's program requires students to take four core classes, 15 credits of foundations-based courses, a handful of electives, and a capstone. Core coursework includes introduction to laboratory methods, methodology in psychology, and psychology statistics. The master's-level program consists of 41 credits and can be completed in four semesters. Students will take research and professional courses, content courses, pragmatic courses, electives, and several courses in a related field. The program offers two tracks, thesis or portfolio, and will require students to complete a final project specific to their chosen track.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Winona's Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services, and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology. The 48-credit BS in Psychology program requires students to take a handful of foundational courses, communication-centric courses, core coursework, and electives. Students will have a strong base in psychology through didactic learning and the application of research methods. The master's-level program consists of 48 credits and integrates core classes, assessment-based courses, and counseling coursework with a practicum experience, an oral component, and additional electives. Students can choose from a variety of electives, including behavioral counseling approaches, clinical treatment planning, advanced psychopathology, and advanced multicultural counseling. The five-year PsyD option integrates required coursework with two years of hands-on experience, a one-year internship, dissertation, mentorship, and various examinations. Students will take a handful of foundations-based classes designed to provide training for professional practice.
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall-based Southwest Minnesota State University offers a BA in Psychology through the Department of Social Science. This is a 120-credit program that provides students with a well-balanced understanding of the field through coursework covering a variety of topics within the psychology field. Students will complete 30 core credits, including research methods behavior, statistics for the behavioral sciences, general psychology, and advanced applied psychology. Additionally, students will take several advanced experimental psychology classes, courses that focus on subcategories of psychology, and a handful of electives.
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Duluth's the University of Minnesota - Duluth has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Psychology that is offered through the Department of Psychology and College of Education and Human Service Professions. This program is designed to give students a strong foundation in the practice, history, and composition of psychology through a comprehensive curriculum that is offered online or in the traditional classroom setting. This is a 120-credit program that requires students to complete 52 credits within the major. Students will take core classes within three different areas and electives from one of the following five subject fields: clinical and counseling, developmental, experimental, human services, or industrial and organizational.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Located in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has a wide range of psychology programs through the Department of Psychology. The school offers a BA in Psychology, a BS in Psychology, a minor in the field, graduate degrees in several areas of concentration, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology. The BA option is a liberal arts-based program and requires students to complete a minimum of 36 credits within the major. Program coursework will cover topics under the following three clusters: cognitive and brain sciences; clinical, social, and personality psychology; and individual differences and applied and quantitative psychology. The BS option focuses on the scientific aspects of psychology and other fields of study required in its overall curriculum. This program consists of 54 credits, including 36 credits within the major and 18 credits in three of the four outside foundation cluster areas. Students will also complete a handful of electives and a major research project.
The school offers graduate-level programs in the following eight areas of specialization: social psychology, quantitative and psychometric methods, industrial and organizational psychology, counseling psychology, cognitive and brain sciences, clinical science and psychopathology research, and biological psychopathology. The school offers an individualized curriculum for each area of specialty and also requires students to complete intensive research work and a final thesis. Additionally, the university offers two doctoral-level training programs in clinical psychology and counseling psychology. Both programs require students to complete research-based coursework and a yearlong internship.
University of Saint Thomas
Located in Saint Paul, the University of Saint Thomas offers a BA in Psychology, a minor in the field, an MA in Counseling Psychology, and a PsyD in Counseling Psychology through the Psychology Department. Students enrolled in the bachelor's program must take 44 credits, including core classes, lab courses, and a handful of electives. Coursework will include adolescent social psychology, the brain and human behavior, and personality theories. The 48-credit MA program integrates required coursework with practicum and internship experiences, providing students with a strong foundation in a variety of areas within the psychology field. Program coursework will include psychological statistics, human growth and development, psychopathology, and introduction to marriage and family psychology. The 81-credit PsyD program is designed to be completed in four years and will provide students with a strong understanding of scientific psychology and additional areas related to counseling psychology. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience through several practicums and a 2000-hour internship. Program coursework will include advanced psychopathology, vocational and organizational psychology, contemporary ethical issues, and several one-credit doctoral projects.
Winona State University
Located in Winona, Winona State University offers a BA in Psychology with two program tracks and a minor in the field through the Department of Psychology. The school offers two options within the psychology program; the first option is designed for individuals who would like to major in psychology in addition to another field of study or minor, and the second option is geared towards students who would like to gain an advanced, in-depth education in psychology. The first track will consist of 35 major-specific credits, including core classes and electives, and also requires students to designate a minor. Program coursework may include experimental psychology, psychological testing and measurement, and an introduction to psychological science. The second program track consists of 50-51 credits and requires students to take a handful of core classes in addition to foundational classes in two categories, electives, an English course, and an approved statistics class. Coursework may include developmental psychology, introduction to learning, brain and behavior, cognitive psychology, and theories of personality.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Psychology Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Metropolitan State University||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology|| Undergraduate: $7,879 (in-state), $14,980 (out-of-state)
Average Graduate: $8,473 (in-state), $16,244 (out-of-state)
|Minnesota State University - Mankato||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology,
Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
| Undergraduate: $8,184 (in-state), $16,23 (out-of-state)
Average Graduate: $8,156
|Minnesota State University - Moorhead||4-year, public; midsize suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology
| Undergraduate: $8,496 (in-state), $15,906 (out-of-state)
Average Graduate: $11,064
|Saint Cloud State University||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
| Undergraduate: $8,265 (in-state), $16,499 (out-of-state)
Average Graduate: $9,040 (in-state), $13,181 (out-of-state)
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services,
Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology
| Undergraduate: $35,110
Average Graduate: $9,000
|Southwest Minnesota State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$8,612|
|University of Minnesota - Duluth||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology||$13,366 (in-state), $18,48 (out-of-state)|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
| Undergraduate: $14,760 (in-state), $30,438 (out-of-state)
Average Graduate: $18,583 (in-state), $27,931 (out-of-state)
|University of St Thomas||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Master of Arts in Psychology,
Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology
| Undergraduate: $42,736
Average Graduate: $326,185
|Winona State University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||$9,425 (in-state), $15,348 (out-of-state)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator