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Explore Mental Health and Illness Processes With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health Degree

If you are interested in how cognitive, behavioral, personality and social factors are involved in mental health and illness, Webster University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health degree pre-professional program is for you.

Our Psychology BA with an Emphasis in Mental Health program allows you to dive deeper into mental health causes and treatments. Students will learn to use scientific reasoning to interpret, design and conduct research, as well as learn how to apply ethical standards in evaluation of psychological science. As a Psychology major, you’ll be prepared to pursue a variety of graduate and career opportunities within mental health-oriented fields (e.g., counseling, nursing, psychology, social work).

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Personalize Your Career Path

With your Psychology bachelor’s degree from Webster University, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a variety of career opportunities within psychology, counseling and related fields. Many students who earn a BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health further their education in a wide variety of graduate programs.


Choose Webster For Your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health Degree

Work With Expert Faculty Mentors

Webster's Psychology faculty are experts across a wide range of disciplines, including counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and experimental psychology and are dedicated to providing close personal attention in small classes. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on collaborative research, gaining hands-on experience at a community practicum site, and collaborating with faculty to design their own in-depth readings on topics of interest.

Take Your Learning Global With Study Abroad

Webster's Psychology program emphasizes the importance placed on examining psychology and human rights. Psychology is one of the few programs with a full complement of courses available at all of Webster’s international sites. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.

Take Your Psychology BA Further and Earn Your Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in as Few as 5 1/2 Years

Webster offers options to add to your degree. Our combined 3-2+ BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health and MA in Counseling degree program allows you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in about five years.



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Morgan M. Grotewiel: For the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, we have the option to do a general Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or a BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health.

The BA in Psychology is a great option for students who might want to double major because it offers a lot of flexibility.

The BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health is a more specialized track that specifically prepare students for graduate school in the helping professions.

The three-two program combines the BA in Psychology with an Emphasis on Mental Health with the MA in Counseling.

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They can graduate with their bachelor's and master's degrees in five and a half years, instead of six and a half.

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Valentin D.: I think that it's set me up to do well in graduate level programs, then continuing a lot of those practical applications that I've already started doing during my time as an undergrad.

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Grotewiel: We are a really unique program. We have really small class sizes. All of our courses are capped at 25 students, even our introductory courses.

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So you really get to engage with the instructors or your peers and the material.

Valentin: I really appreciate that because I do feel like I have a more personal connection with professors, which really helps when you're working on like direct practice things and things that become very personal.

Grotewiel: We have faculty who are accomplished researchers and practitioners within their areas of expertise, and they're really passionate about what they teach, and they get to design courses based around those expertise and interest areas.

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Valentin: For child psychology, I had a professor that had done work with transgender children and that's not something you really get in most child psychology courses.

Grotewiel: We set students up for success not only through the small course sizes and really active and devoted teaching, but also by applying psychological principles to what we know makes students more effective in the classroom.

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This program offers a community practicum field work experience, and that's unique to an undergraduate psychology department. You usually don't get that experience until graduate school.

Valentin: It takes theories that you're studying in the classroom, and then it puts you in a field where you're directly seeing how those theories play out in interpersonal relationships, you get to intervene and put those ideas to work yourself.

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At Webster, something I really appreciate about the BA in Psychology program is that it has a lot of intermodal opportunities. Webster is also the only place in the state where you can get a certificate in expressive arts therapy as an undergraduate student, which has also been one of my favorite aspects of my time here.

Grotewiel: We set our students up for success through close advising.

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We meet with students early in the psychology major and help them choose the degree and the courses that are going to meet their interest and also help them achieve their career or graduate school goals.

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“I am passionate about mental health and want to become a therapist. I know representation matters, and the world could use more Asian therapists.”

Lauren Walther

BA in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health, '25

What Can You Do With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health Degree?

Most graduates of our Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health BA program continue their education in graduate programs in psychology, counseling, social work, medical professions and other fields. Webster Psychology bachelor’s degree program graduates have also gone on to pursue careers such as:

  • Mental Health Professional
  • Case Manager
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Mental Health Care Center Administrator
  • Clinical Psychologist

Salary Information For Professions in the Psychology and Mental Health Fields

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the annual median salary for a Psychologist is $81,040. The BLS also states salaries for related fields are Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors at $53,710, Social Worker at $50,390 and Social and Community Service Managers at $77,030. Some of the positions in this field may require additional education beyond the BA.

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