Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Psychology Transfer Pathway

An associate of arts degree designed to lead directly to a bachelor's degree in psychology


Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think, and feel. Begin your education in psychology at MSC Southeast.

Why do people behave in a certain way? What forces drive human relationships? How does the brain process information? If you are curious about questions like these, the study of psychology may be the educational pathway for you.

At Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree designed for direct transfer to designated Psychology bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

After graduating with the Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree, you can transfer in as a junior and complete your bachelor's degree by earning 60 additional credits at one of the seven Minnesota State universities (admission requirements, including GPA, apply).

The Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. degree is the foundation of a well-rounded education with a range of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, providing the basis for lifelong learning. The insights you gain from this degree will impact your success in any future career, whether in the field of psychology or in business, education, health care, or any other profession.

Major Offerings

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Transfer Pathways

The Psychology Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to related bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.

All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Psychology Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer University4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversityPsychology, BA, BS
Metropolitan State UniversityPsychology, BA
Minnesota State University MoorheadPsychology, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoPsychology, BS
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityPsychology, BA
St. Cloud State UniversityPsychology, BA
Community Psychology, BS
Winona State UniversityPsychology, BA
(Option A and Option B)

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and overarching themes in the field of psychology
  • Apply psychological concepts to real and hypothetical scenarios
  • Utilize scientific inquiry to evaluate and interpret basic psychological research
  • Describe the roles of ethics and personal values in the field of psychology
  • Analyze how psychological principles apply to diverse populations
  • Communicate knowledge of psychological principles through various methods, such as verbally, in writing, or through formal presentations

Psychology Transfer Pathway Job Placement: TBD

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Important Documents
Psychology Transfer Pathway Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Many occupations within the field of psychology require a graduate degree either at the master or doctoral level. These include:

  • Clinical/counseling psychologist
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Counselor
  • Psychometrist
  • School psychologist
  • Organizational consultant
  • Academic researcher
  • College professor

Completing the A.A. and bachelor's degree is the first step in this educational process.

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • The MSC Southeast Psychology Department offers a wide range of courses that focus on psychology as a scientific discipline. Courses include: introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, social psychology, positive psychology, statistics, psychology of human sexuality, and more.
  • Our courses focus on studying human behavior and development in the context of a diverse and rapidly changing world. We use a mix of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities to encourage students to apply the science of psychology to real-life situations.


  • Angel Mytas has been teaching Psychology at MSC Southeast since fall of 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and her master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She teaches on the Winona campus and online.

  • Amy Whitcomb has been teaching at MSC Southeast since August 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Iowa Wesleyan University, and a master's degree in general psychology from Western Illinois University, with further study in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University.

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