The building blocks for a career in psychology.

The Derner undergraduate program provides a firm foundation in the core principles, applied practices and research methodology of psychology. As a student, you will have access to a wide range of resources and research opportunities, and you’ll be taught by professors who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in psychology must adhere to a curriculum of required introductory coursework in the primary disciplines of psychology. After that, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in laboratory work, clinical fieldwork and internships.

How to Apply

Start by completing an application to Adelphi. Next, be sure you’ve met all the criteria for admission, including:

  • Graduation from a four-year high school or academy, or evidence of official equivalent preparation
  • Minimum completion of 16 academic units, with a focus on college prep coursework
  • A personal statement or essay
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official copies of your SAT or ACT test scores with writing
  • One or more letters of recommendation from a guidance or college counselor, teacher or school-based administrator
  • An admissions interview, which is highly recommended, and required for applicants to the Honors College

Students who have obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED) or who have been out of high school for more than one year are not required to take the SAT or ACT, unless specifically requested.

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Freshman Decision Policy

Adelphi University has adopted a rolling admissions policy with an Early Action program available. Contact the Office of Admissions for details.

Declaring the Major

The undergraduate psychology program expects a student who wishes to pursue psychology major to achieve and demonstrate adequate levels of competencies in the following areas before continuing the course of study beyond an introductory level:

  • Writing
  • The use technology to critically explore psychological problems and issues
  • Critical thinking
  • Beginning knowledge of psychological theories and the history of psychology

Students will be enrolled in the Competency Assessment Portfolio (CAP) course (0 Credits, P/F grade) when the psychology major is declared. A student’s CAP will be reviewed each semester by their advisers, and those students who are not achieving an adequate level of competency will be offered remediation. The CAP is a requirement for students who wish to continue in the major and the estimated time of completion is 60 credits.


For further information, please contact:

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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