Concordia University-Saint Paul


Five CSP Degrees in Psychology and Counseling

Concordia University-Saint Paul appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Online Master’s in Forensic Psychology.

In Arndt Hall, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences led by Dr. Paul Hillmer since 2016 grants a 79-credit Psychology BA/BS Major with an average class size of 15 for Concordia University-Saint Paul Golden Bears to learn brain functions and join Psychology Club. Online via Blackboard, the Psychology Accelerated BA follows a 44-credit transfer track under Dr. Marilyn Reineck with seven-week asynchronous courses like Lifespan Development plus eight-credit internships, such as Children’s Minnesota and the Pride Institute. Chaired by Dr. Katie Fischer, the Sport Psychology BA Major at the U.S. News & World Report’s 94th best Midwest college requires 120 credits total on-campus, CHAMP Club participation, and fitness internships like Gangelhoff Center.

The 3+2 BA in Psychology/MA in Family Science builds a 142-credit, NCFR-accredited hybrid curriculum outlined by Dr. Michael Walcheski for earning the Certified Family Life Educator designation. Partnered with the AIAFS, the 36-credit Human Services MA also provides a Forensic Behavioral Health Emphasis headed by Dr. Kristin Bransford online for 95 percent job placement and $57,736 median pay in legal systems. There’s also a 12-credit Parent Coaching Certificate available.

About Concordia University-Saint Paul

Concordia University-Saint Paul originated on September 13, 1893, when Rev. Theodore Buenger raised $22,000 to open a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seminary school. Fully accredited in 1921, Concordia College initially served just men at Meyer Hall halfway between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hit by the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Concordia’s enrollment dropped nearly 50 percent during the 1930s. However, a Post-War Boom began in 1947 for Associate of Arts training. By August 1950, women were enrolled at its 41-acre Snelling Hamline campus near Pickerel Lake. In 1967, it joined the Minnesota Private College Council for a four-year education. Serving accelerated adults since 1985, it officially became Concordia University-Saint Paul in 1996, six years after the first Master of Arts. In 2010, Concordia organized a College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Endowed for $36.2 million, CSP now employs 453 faculty teaching 2,851 undergrad and 1,941 post-grad Golden Bears at an 18:1 ratio. On Niche, Concordia University-Saint Paul boasts America’s 36th best online courses and 99th best test-optional admissions. College Factual named CSP the 479th best psychology value nationally.

Concordia University-Saint Paul Accreditation Details

On August 1, 2021, Concordia University-Saint Paul will face the next assurance review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) to continue the Level VI accreditation satisfactorily through 2028 under its ninth president, Dr. Tom Ries, who received the ALDE Outstanding Executive Director Award. Headquartered 401 miles east via Interstate 94 in Chicago, this giant 19-state Great Lakes Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to continually evaluate CSP’s 62 undergrad and 28 post-grad degree offerings. Particularly, Concordia-Saint Paul is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2022. The 3+2 BA in Psychology/MA in Family Science was reaffirmed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in 2015.

Concordia University-Saint Paul Application Requirements

Starting at Concordia University-Saint Paul, Money’s 259th best value, is classified “selective” by the U.S. News & World Report with 55 percent Fall 2017 acceptance. First-year Golden Bears wanting the Psychology BA/BS Major should finish a college-prep secondary curriculum. Combined Minnesota GED diploma scores above 580 are also qualifying. Freshmen have mostly As and Bs for a mean 3.18 GPA. The middle 50 percent score between 18 and 24 on the ACT. Similarly, the median SAT ranges are 440-530 Math and 410-500 Reading. Online Psychology Accelerated BA students typically hold an accredited associate. Transferring at least 60-75 credits graded “C” or better for minimum 2.0 GPAs is mandated. Online course requirements include the internet, Microsoft Office, Java, Dual Core processors, and a webcam. The 3+2 BA/MA seeks ambitious juniors with 64+ credits and cumulative GPAs over 3.0 only. Human Services MA in Forensic Behavioral Health cohorts need regionally accredited bachelor’s with 3.0 GPAs on the 4-point scale. Entrants are ranked by GRE percentile with no score minimum.

Concordia University-Saint Paul requests that Psychology BA/BS or Sport Psychology BA majors apply by August 1st for Fall and December 1st for Spring entrance. The financial aid priority date is May 1st though. Non-U.S. residents exceeding the 500 TOEFL pBT mark are welcome until July 1st or November 1st respectively. The 3+2 BA/MA has a December 1st preferential deadline, whereas Human Services MA cohorts start every seven weeks. Accordingly, complete the CSP or Common Application online for $30. Have official transcripts sent via eScrip-Safe or to 350 Hamline Avenue North in Saint Paul, MN 55104. Testing reports require ACT code 2106, SAT/GRE code 6114, or GMAT code 913-MN-57. Other steps might include the immunization record, transfer credit worksheet, maximum 1,000-word personal essay, employment history, and one or two references. Please pose questions to (651) 641-8866 or

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Concordia University-Saint Paul has published traditional BA/BS tuition of $11,400 each term or $22,800 annually. Excess credits over 19 cost $260 each. Taking 6-11 credits incurs $900 apiece though. Undergrads pay the $100 tuition deposit, $270 colloquy fee, and $50 science lab fee. Installment plans have a $35 enrollment fee per semester. Internship semester courses are reduced to $11,138. Residing at the Ramsey County campus’ dorms like Hyatt Village adds $2,388 each term. Flex meal plans for Commons Café are $2,112 extra. CSP budgets $2,000 for books and $2,000 for miscellaneous. Annual undergrad study equals about $34,514 on-site and $25,764 at home. Psychology Accelerated BA courses are $420 per credit online. The MA in Family Science is billing $395 per credit. Forensic Behavioral Health Emphasis students pay $475 per credit or $17,100 total for the Human Services MA.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Poehler Administration Hall supports 98 percent of incoming CSP Golden Bears with median assistance of $12,167 for $2.89 million overall. Possible psychology funds include the Kenneth Behm Scholarship, Harry Barr Scholarship, Bredehoft Family Scholarship, Buetow Scholarship, Irwin Burkart Scholarship, Halvorson Memorial Scholarship, Julie Halbmaier Scholarship, Michael Gangelhoff Scholarship, Hispanic Outreach Scholarship, Janzen Scholarship, Theodore Neils Sr. Scholarship, John & Elsie Stach Scholarship, and Linus Ulbricht Memorial Scholarship. The 3+2 BA in Psychology/MA in Family Science shaves off one year for savings up to $34,514. The $6,000 Transfer Regents Scholarship helps Psychology Accelerated BA majors with GPAs over 3.5. Active congregants must apply for the $1,000 Lutheran Heritage Scholarship by August 1st. File FAFSA applications coded 002347 early for Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Direct Loan, and Work-Study Program eligibility. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers the Need-Based State Grant for $100 to $11,812 yearly. Also consider the Minnesota Indian Scholarship, Dream Act Scholarship, Foster Care Voucher, and Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant.

Learn more about Concordia University-Saint Paul at the Academic Programs website.

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