How to Declare the Psychology Major

If you have general questions about the Psych major or just want to know more before possibly declaring a major, we welcome you to visit our drop-in advising center in Tobin 501 weekdays 10-3 during fall and spring terms.


Beginning Fall 2023 Declaring a major in General Psychology (BA or BS) will require the following steps. PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 7-10 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS (during summer allow up to 2 weeks).

  1. This process is NOT for students who have not yet arrived at UMass for their first semester of study.  Those students should attend New Student Orientation advising and discuss change of major with the advisor in their ADMITTED Major.  
  2. If you have questions about the major or would like advice about course planning for a psych major, we encourage you to visit our drop-in advising in person in Tobin Hall 501 or on zoom (See hours and details here).  
  3. Complete this form to be added to a moodle course to learn about the psychology major requirements, etc.  Allow at least 48 hours to be added to the Moodle course (especially if you complete the form on a Friday or weekend!)
  4. When you see the Psychology Major Declaration - General Psychology course appear in your Moodle courses, study the material there including requirement checklist and linked videos about requirements, advising, and using our website.
  5. You must achieve a perfect score on a short quiz on the Moodle site AND submit a google form requesting change of major.  The google form is linked on the moodle site.  Please allow at least another 48 hours for your change of major to be completed on SPIRE (especially if you complete it on a Friday or weekend!)

Watch your UMass email in case we have any questions or updates for you!

To declare the General Psych major you do not need to make an appointment on Navigate.  Navigate appointments are ONLY to declare the Neuroscience track (see below).

When you're a major, watch for updates from advising and visit our advisors and peer advisors.  We are always happy to see you!

Declaring the Neuroscience Track

If you would like to join the Neuroscience Track, you must have a 3.0 GPA and make an appointment with one of the neuroscience advisors or come to their drop-in hours.  You can find their hours here.  If you want to eventually join the Neuroscience Track, but do not yet have a 3.0 GPA, you can join the General Psych major (see process above) and add neuroscience later.