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B.S. in Applied Psychology

Understand human behavior with a degree in applied psychology.

If you’re passionate about exploring the complexities of human behavior and applying that knowledge to make a difference in the world, then our Applied Psychology bachelor’s degree completion program is for you.

Our online program combines the latest research and techniques from organizational and applied social psychology to prepare you for careers across a variety of fields and industries. Whether you’re interested in counseling, business, education, healthcare, or social services, our program will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make a real impact.

At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, we believe in the power of psychology to solve complex workplace, education, and mental health issues. Our program follows the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, ensuring that you receive a comprehensive education that meets the highest standards of the field.

Discover what drives human behavior and unlock your own potential with a degree in Applied Psychology from Saint Mary’s.

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Individual credits and completion times vary


cost per credit


start dates

1 year

completion time





Individual credits and completion times vary


cost per credit


start dates

1 year

completion time


Program Highlights

What You'll Learn

  • Psychological principles and working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  • Scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Innovative thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Techniques for interpreting and designing basic psychological research
  • Ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Values that impact social change from local to global levels

Join us for an information session to learn more about programs, how to apply, transferring your credits, and more.  We offer live information sessions where you can meet other prospective learners and faculty, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

Let’s Make it Count

Prior credits earned, past work experience, and military service all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Apply the credits you already have toward the career you want — and do it faster than you thought possible.  

  • Your past credits are always eligible – they never expire
  • Technical college credits are accepted
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree)
  • Transfer credits for prior learning
  • You can apply standardized tests such as CLEP or DSST toward your degree.
  • We accept military, industry, and business training via the American Council on Education (ACE) or PLA.

Submit your transcripts and we’ll get started creating a personalized degree plan for you.  Find out how quickly you can earn your degree.

Apply for Admission

Apply anytime to finish your bachelor’s degree. Many of the programs have six start times per year. Start here to take the next step.

    • Applicants must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits¹.
    • These credits must include completion of one basic English composition course with a grade of C- or better.²
    • Applicants may be required to complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.

    ¹These credits may be made up of:

    • Industry Training and Military Separation Paper carrying American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations or,
    • Past College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam credits or,
    • International credits evaluated by a source accepted by Saint Mary’s University or,
    • Any credits transferable from a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited institution.
    ²The English composition course requirement helps the student prepare for college level coursework. The applicant may be conditionally admitted if he or she cannot prove competency in this area, in which case the CLEP College Composition exam with essay or a similar university course must be taken within the first semester of study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

  • Students who have completed 30 credits from  an accredited institution within the U.S. or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in an approved waiver country are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency. Otherwise, students with transcripts from universities located outside of the U.S. are required to take and pass English proficiency testing. 

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo Language Test with a minimum score of 100
    • Pearson Test of English with a score of 51

    Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.

  • Your application must include the following items:

    • Completed application form
    • All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits with a basic English composition course.  

    Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    2500 Park Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Or email: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    Please reach out with any questions about the application process.

    Phone: (612) 728-5100

    Toll-free: (866) 437-2788

  • Priority Deadlines: Applicants completing the application process by the priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for their intended start date.*

    • Fall 2023: Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
    • Spring 2024: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
    • Summer 2024: Friday, April 5, 2024
    • Fall 2024: Friday, Aug 2, 2024

    *Not all programs offer starts each semester

    • Fall 2023 : Aug. 28
    • Fall 2023 term 2:  Oct. 23
    • Spring 2024: Jan. 8
    • Spring 2024 term 2: March 4
    • Summer 2024 : May 6
    • Summer 2024 term 2: July 1
    • Fall 2024: Sept. 2

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your financial-aid advisor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make education affordable.

Course Catalog

In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as: 

  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • Learning and Cognition 
  • Brain and Behavior

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Careers & Salary

Understanding human behavior equips you with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed in business, government agencies, and schools.

A bachelor’s degree in applied psychology can serve as a foundation to prepare you for graduate study in counseling, clinical or school psychology, and business or law school.

Human Resources Specialist

$62,290 per year*

Training and Development Specialist

$61,570 per year*

Behavioral Health Counselor

$48,520 per year*

Related Programs

Find the right program for right now — or the future. Saint Mary’s offers adult degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Saint Mary’s offers a generous transfer policy.  Many can transfer up to 90 credits toward our degree completion programs. Our transfer counselor specialists will guide you through the process.

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:

    Student Central: Your one stop for student services

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education

  • The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s. 

    Explore more here.

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid. 

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

News from the School of Health and Human Services

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resouce Specialists at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm (visited February 14, 2023).

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Specialists at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/training-and-development-specialists.htm (visited February 14, 2023).

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm (visited April 19 2023).

All other career data on this page can be found at Lightcast (lightcast.io) Q1 2023 Data, September 2022-February 2023.