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Saint Rose, Holyoke Community College Partner to Expand Opportunities to Earn Degrees in Fast-Growing Psychology and Forensic Psychology

ALBANY (January 28, 2016) — Two new transfer agreements between The College of Saint Rose and Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass., will expand opportunities for western Massachusetts students who want to turn a two-year psychology degree into full bachelor’s degrees.

The new “articulation agreements,” the first between Saint Rose and Holyoke Community College (HCC), enable students who earn an associate degree in HCC’s psychology option to transfer seamlessly to the bachelor of science in psychology or forensic psychology programs at Saint Rose. The agreements spell out the specific courses that students should complete at HCC and their equivalents at Saint Rose. Graduates of the HCC psychology option will enter Saint Rose with junior status.

To help transfer students financially, Saint Rose offers guaranteed two-year undergraduate academic scholarships to those who have achieved superior grade-point averages for all previous college work. Scholarships range up to $14,500 per year. Transfer students who are current members of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society are eligible for an additional $1,000 each year.

Forensic psychologists are invested in crime and justice, examining issues, controversies, social problems, psychological states and other complex phenomenon within the adult, juvenile, civil and family domains of practice. Forensic psychology majors have the opportunity to obtain degrees that lead to a variety of career options in this immense and rapidly growing field.

Within the psychology major, Saint Rose offers concentrations in behavioral neuroscience, clinical/counseling psychology, health psychology, human development and industrial/organizational psychology. Research experience is a critical component of the major, with students often presenting the results of their work at annual meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, the regional division of the American Psychological Association.

Articulation agreements enable students to plan and sequence their course work at a two-year college in such a way that ensures the smooth transition into upper-level course work without loss of credit, enabling students to reach their goal of a four-year degree.

Saint Rose now has more than 100 articulation agreements with community colleges and other institutions in Massachusetts and New York in such fields as education, business, computer science, music, art and psychology. All are designed to help provide a clear path for students seeking to continue their education.

Saint Rose and HCC continue to explore opportunities for agreements between additional programs of study.

For more information about these and other transfer agreements, visit, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 518-454-5150 or e-mail Robert Garofallou-Hogan at