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Associate of Arts Psychology Transfer Pathway


Program description

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 designated Psychology 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.

Psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, is a fascinating and exciting field. Based on the American Psychological Association’s Foundations for Undergraduate Education 2.0 (2013), the Associate of Arts degree includes four major-specific content areas for the Transfer Pathway in Psychology: (a) Knowledge Base in Psychology, (b) Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking, (c) Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, and (d) Communications.

*Universities within the Minnesota State System include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; Saint Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Program start and location

Students are accepted into this program anytime. Courses are offered on MCTC’s main campus as face-to-face or blended (partially online), and some courses are offered fully online.

Degree options and requirements

What you will learn

  • Learn more about yourself and others
  • Evaluate evidence about the causes and associations of behavior
  • Gain an understanding of the principles of human behavior through different perspectives
  • Explore how psychological information may be applied to improve the quality of life

Points of pride

  • Our diverse student population provides opportunities to learn about the many approaches and areas of study within psychology while immersed in intercultural contexts.
  • An A.A. degree with emphasis in Psychology can open the door to a variety of careers or transfer opportunities.
  • Courses in Psychology are designed for you to learn through a variety of activities, including discussion, written assignments and group work and to illustrate competence in areas such as general psychology, life-span development, child and adolescent development, social psychology, abnormal psychology, as well as others.
  • Our faculty are experts in the field of Psychology with Master’s and Doctoral Degrees.

Where you could work

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Community centers
  • Your own business

Potential job titles

  • Psychology Technician
  • Manager
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Counselor*
  • Therapist*
  • Teacher*
  • Researcher*
  • Specialty Psychologist–Child, Clinical, Educational, Forensic, Health, Sports*

*May require further education, training or certification

Occupational outlook

An education in psychology will help you to better understand more about yourself and those around you. These skills are highly desirable by all employers and can be applied in any workplace. If you choose to continue your studies to become a psychologist, employment is expected to grow by 12 percent by the year 2022, much faster than average employment growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and social services agencies should drive employment growth.


This program is part of the School of Liberal Arts and Cultures.

Additional resources

Troy Dvorak, An Instructor Who Rocks

Troy Dvorak, MCTC Psychology instructor

Troy Dvorak’s commitment to family, community and teaching brought him back to the Twin Cities. The classroom is where he connects, and he uses everyday experiences unique to MCTC to teach psychology and critical thinking.

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