FAQ

What are the skills that I will gain through the Psychology major at Mercer University?

The major prepares individuals to think critically about the science of psychology and its practice in preparation for careers in a variety of fields or for graduate school.   Students learn to interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research; and they develop effective written communication and presentation skills as part of their research experience in the program.  Students completing the Psychology degree will be able to apply psychological content and skills to their career goals, refine project-management skills, enhance their teamwork capacity, and develop meaningful professional direction. 

What are the potential jobs available for a psychology graduate?

The potential career options for this major are endless.  Success in many jobs depends largely upon you, the worker, being successful in understanding, relating to, and working with, people. Psychology majors are often persons who start out with an above-average interest in people. And all psychology majors take many courses in which they are encouraged to understand and appreciate people from a wide variety of perspectives. After all, the understanding of human behavior has been one of the major goals of psychology for a long time. As a psychology major you know something about people and you know how to interact with them. These are characteristics that employers value.

Can I minor in Psychology? 

Yes, the minor in Psychology consists of 18 semester hours of psychology coursework, with one required course:  PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology.

What are the grade requirements for the program?

A student seeking a major in psychology must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in the courses required in the major to qualify for graduation.  A student may not have any grade lower than a C in any course required for the major. The S/U grading option may not be elected for any required course in the major.

What does the Capstone Research Project consist of?

The Capstone Research Project is an individual study that provides students an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in their psychology curriculum in an examination of a research question that furthers their academic and/or career goals.  Students will complete a literature review, collect and analyze data, develop conclusions based on research findings, and submit a final paper or poster presentation.  

If I have completed an associate’s degree prior to enrolling at Mercer, can I take all of my courses online?

Yes, all coursework for this program is delivered online.

How many credit hours can I transfer into Mercer?

The University Registrar determines which courses taken at other institutions are directly comparable to Mercer's courses and will be credited toward completion of degree requirements at Mercer University.  Course work with a grade of C- or better earned at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and considered for transfer as an equivalent Mercer course or as elective credit.  Remedial or sub collegiate credits will not be transferred.  The maximum credit allowed from all two-year colleges attended is 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) including all courses taken as a transient student, and no more than 96 semester hours of credit can be transferred from all regionally accredited colleges/universities.  A minimum of 32 credits must be earned in residence at Mercer University for graduation regardless of the number of credits accepted in transfer.

How much is tuition?

Why do I have to provide immunization records?

Mercer's immunization policy is a University policy and not an admissions policy, which is designed for the safety of our students.  If immunization records are not released to Mercer before the first semester, you will need to provide them before the end of your first session or it will affect your future enrollment.

May I apply for financial assistance?

Financial assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis.  Students may be eligible for federal and/or private loan programs. The Mercer University Office of Student Financial Planning is equipped to provide up-to-date information on financial assistance available to students via federal loan programs.  The first step to apply for federal loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form, available online. You may complete this form as soon as you apply to the program, but eligibility will be determined only after you have been accepted by Mercer University. Please note that federal loans are available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only.