Program Features

The Psychology department offers several study options, allowing our students the opportunity to customize a program that best matches their personal interests and career paths. Psychology majors can choose a minor in another field, double major in psychology and sociology, or complete the major with a concentration in rehabilitation.

Graduate Bridge and Early Access Programs

Graduate bridge programs are accelerated courses of study that lead to master’s degrees in social work, business, rehabilitation counseling and elementary education. These programs permit you to begin working on a master’s degree while you’re still completing undergraduate requirements.

Business Bridge
This program is available to qualified senior psychology and/or sociology majors. In your senior year, you can take up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level, which count toward both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration degree at Maryville University.

Elementary Education Bridge
You can apply for this program during the fall of your junior year. You will complete course work in psychology and education at the undergraduate level. During your fifth year, you will complete the requirements for the Master of Arts in Elementary Education and for certification to teach the elementary grades in public schools.

Social Work Bridge
This program is open to qualified senior psychology or sociology majors. As a senior, you can take up to 12 hours of graduate credit in St. Louis University’s Master of Social Work program. Those credits also count for your undergraduate degree at Maryville University.

Early Access: M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling
The Early Access program lets you accelerate your progress toward a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling at
Marvyville University. In your senior year, you can take up to 6 credit hours at the graduate level, which count toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

Student Involvement
POLSE, Maryville’s student organization which welcomes welcomes all students interested in psychology, sociology, and organizational leadership began in the fall of 2006. Some of the club’s activities you can look forward to include guest speakers, graduate school panels, community service projects and social gatherings. In addition to these organizations, in September 2008, Maryville installed a chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Founded in 1929, Psi Chi recognizes those who maintain excellence in scholarship, and work to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to psychology majors and minors who meet the qualifications.

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