Welcome to the MTSU Psychology Department

The mission of the psychology department at MTSU is to promote the personal and professional success of students from all backgrounds, groups, and orientations, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexuality, gender, age, ability, and culture, by providing the best possible academic experience in and out of the classroom. We presently serve a diverse student body of approximately 1000 undergraduate majors and nearly 200 graduate students. Nearly half of our majors are first generation, half are transfer students, 40% identify as non-White, more than 20% are nontraditional, and 4% identify as veterans. As a department, we respect and value diversity and are committed to supporting and including all students, faculty, and staff. We are working hard to support minority students through a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

As a department, we offer 3 majors leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, 6 minors, 5 graduate programs leading to the M.A. degree, and an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology. The Psychology major, our most popular undergraduate major, is a 38-hour program designed for students who have a variety of career goals and interests.

The second undergraduate major, PreGraduate Psychology, is a 41-hour concentration designed for students who plan to pursue graduate education in Ph.D. psychology programs or research-intensive masters programs. Students must formally apply and be admitted to this program their sophomore or junior year.

The third undergraduate major, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, is a 46- hour program designed to (a) prepare students for entry-level positions in human resource departments of business and industries and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, or related fields.

All new students to a psychology undergraduate major (new freshman, new transfer students, change of major students) will be required to meet candidacy requirements before being fully accepted into a psychology major.

Effective Fall 2019, undergraduate psychology majors interested in the MT Engage program at MTSU can satisfy their requirements through the MT Engage Psychology Major Pathway. Questions about this pathway or the MT Engage sophomore ePortfolio can be directed to Dr. Michelle Boyer-Pennington.

Additionally, the department offers M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and a Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology. An Ed.S degree is offered in School Psychology.

The department main office is located in the Academic Classroom Building (ACB), Suite 240. Our regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main office number (615) 898-2706, and the fax number is (615) 898-5027.

We welcome the opportunity to share information about our department and hope that you will contact us with your comments and questions about our programs.