Welcome to the Psychology Department!

Change of Major Application- Now Available

Applications for declaring a major or change of major will be accepted from October 1st - November 30th, 2015 for the entry into the major effective Fall 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Complete PSY 200 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 units by the end of the Spring 2016 semester
  • GPA of at least 2.0 and must not be on academic probation, subject to disqualification, or other academic hold

If you wish to apply, please fill out the application and submit it to EP 301. 

Psychology Major Application

Psychology Department Graduate Programs Open House

On Wednesday December 9th, from 7-9PM, the Psychology Department will be hosting an open house for anyone interested in pursuing graduate studies in Psychology at San Francisco State University. Faculty and current students from each of our six graduate concentrations will available to answer questions about topics including the application process, program expectations and demands, research and practicum opportunities, and what makes a competitive applicant. The open house will begin promptly at 7PM with a meet and greet session in room 304 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building. If you have any questions or wish to attend please contact Matthew O'Neill (mmoneill@sfsu.edu; 415.338.2711). Light refreshments will be provided.

Major Requirements

The Core requirements consist of PSY 200, 303, 305GWAR, 371, 400 and 690. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all core classes and a grade of CR must be earned in 303 and 690. Courses 200, 305, 371 and 400 must be taken for a letter grade. There are three basic areas in which students must complete 6 units apiece, for a total of 18 units. Additionally, students must complete 9 units from upper division Psychology electives or from any basic areas.

Mandatory Advising

Students that need to fulfill the Mandatory Advising Requirement must complete the following:

  • Discuss your plans and address any questions you might have about the major with your advisor and obtain their signature.
  • Submit signed form to EP 301 for advising clearance.

Psychology Major Program Impaction

In July 2009, the California State University Chancellor's Office approved impaction status for the Psychology Department. Impaction was declared to help ensure that we are able to serve over 700 undergraduate majors.

Admission to the Psychology major is a selective and competitive process. The Department faculty, in consultation with the University Admissions Office, reviews impaction admissions criteria on an annual basis. Applications for admission to the major are accepted annually between October 1 and November 30.