James Madison University

Admission to the Major

Are you considering becoming a psychology major?  Start by learning about our program in psychology.  You might find our videos, curriculum and student resources pages particularly useful. All students are allowed to declare the Psychology Major, and are permitted to take GPSYC 101 (General Psychology), GPSYC 160 (Life-span and Human Development), GPSYC 122 (Vision and Audition), as well as certain other psychology courses. However, to make progress in the major beyond the first few courses, students need to apply and be admitted to the major.  The following is a general guideline of how current students (additional information for transfer students) become Psychology Majors at James Madison University.  (Incoming transfer students will find our transfer student page useful.)

  1. Declare the Psychology Major.
  2. Apply to become a “Fully-Admitted Psychology Major. Students who want to make rapid progress through the psychology major are encouraged to apply for full admission to the major when they make the decision to pursue a psychology major.
  3. After the semester ends, students will be admitted to the major if they meet the below admission requirements.

Admission Requirements


  1. Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or higher:
    1. GPSYC 101 – General Psychology
    2. MATH 220 – Math Statistics (or another acceptable math course)
  2. Apply to become a “Fully-Admitted” Psychology Major.
  3. Satisfy any ONE of the following conditions:
    1. Earn a grade of “B” or better in Gpsyc 101 completed at JMU
    2. Complete any Gpsyc courses at JMU (Gpsyc 101, 122, or 160) and earn an average GPA in these courses of 3.0 or better.
    3. Complete at least 15 credits at JMU and earn an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    4. At the time of admission to JMU, be a student who is transferring at least 30 credits including the prerequisite courses (General Psychology and 200-level Math) or General Psychology and either Psychological Statistics or Research Methods in Psychology