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Mental Health Degree Online BA in Psychology Concentration

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Earn Your Mental Health Degree Online

  • $320/credit
  • Accredited by NECHE
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Prepare for a career helping others
  • Earn a data literacy certificate
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Mental Health Degree Concentration Program Overview

Designed to deepen your understanding of human behavior, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University can prepare you to pursue graduate degrees in clinical psychology and counseling.

But that's not the only route the mental health concentration can provide. This concentration appeals to many students because it gives you more flexibility to pursue careers outside the field.

Skills transfer to additional areas ranging from social services to human resource departments to marketing and public relations firms. Additionally, you'll have 39 free electives and the opportunity to earn an embedded Certificate of Data Literacy in Psychology, making this a results-driven and transfer-friendly program to join.

Learn how to:

  • Adhere to ethical standards
  • Build trust with others
  • Communicate effectively
  • Conduct and apply research
  • Implement scientific approaches

8 Types of Psychology with Real-World Perspective

The study of psychology can be personally and professionally rewarding. Among the many concentrations in the field you can find diverse opportunities to learn about how people interact with one another in relationships, in the workplace and more.

Mental Health Career Outlook

The field of psychology – and mental health, in particular – offers so many options.

"Depending on an individual’s interests, passions, career, community and educational goals, there really is an exceptional fit for most professionals,” said Dr. Nicole Martinez, an adjunct psychology instructor at SNHU.

Today, people with mental illness and professionals in the field are fighting to counter the stigma associated with disorders. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youths (ages 6-17) experience mental illness each year.1

And as more people come forward for treatment, more counselors are sought to treat them. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees the need for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors growing 23% through 2030 – much faster than the national average of other occupations.2

In addition, mental health counselors will be needed to work with people living with addiction – as the criminal justice system increasingly recommends treatment over incarceration – as well as military veterans living with a range of disorders.2

Today, counselors are helping clients cope with disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, anxiety, schizophrenia – and so many others. Counselors can diagnose and then treat clients through therapy, allowing clients to better understand their disorders.

While becoming a licensed counselor most often requires additional education and training, which can vary by state, this mental health degree can prepare you for graduate studies, such as SNHU's online master's in clinical mental health counseling or master's in psychology online. With the solid foundation in the assessment and counseling process that this degree provides, you'll be ready to succeed in graduate counseling or psychology programs.

If clinical or graduate work isn't the best fit for you, earning your mental health degree online at SNHU can position you for roles like market research analyst, which could see 22% growth in job opportunities through 2030, human resources manager with 9% growth, and social and community service manager with 15% growth.2

The broad range of career possibilities includes:

  • Assisting mental health professionals in residential or outpatient settings
  • Facilitating support groups
  • Working in a correctional facility or probation department
  • Assisting in the hiring process
  • Designing job-related training
  • Assisting with market research projects
  • Helping create public relations campaigns

Students often choose the mental health concentration because they have a passion for helping others and want to better the world.

Tiffany Daniels with the text Tiffany Daniels“Now, more than ever, we need mental health professionals to serve their communities," said Tiffany Daniels, an adjunct psychology instructor at SNHU. "With a concentration in mental health, not only will students gain personal insights into their own experiences, but they will also develop valuable academic and occupational skills that will prepare them for what comes next.”

This might be done directly in settings like mental health facilities, social services agencies, and the criminal justice system or indirectly in places like the corporate world, where departments such as human resources or training and development place great value on the skills gained in this concentration.

Students in this program have experiential learning opportunities to better understand community-based mental health services. These practical experiences can also provide the chance to network with potential employers.

Knowledge in areas like human personality, testing and assessment translates to many other professional settings, like public relations or marketing. Daniels herself has integrated her skills into teaching youngsters life skills like anger management and communication through the arts.

Note: This mental health degree doesn't lead to any type of licensure and certification. It does not directly qualify you for positions that require additional education and state licensure, like a role as a clinical mental health counselor or clinical psychologist.

If you are interested in pursuing a licensed profession – such as clinical mental health counselor – you’ll need additional education in a graduate program, like SNHU’s master's in clinical mental health counseling. You’ll also need to fulfill your state’s specific requirements for licensure.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Mental Health Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

SNHU's degree in mental health focuses on applying the theory you'll learn in class to a community-based service organization as you prepare to graduate. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles involved with therapy and assessment.

Candace Gibbs with the text Candace GibbsPsychology student Candace Gibbs '21 gained information in her classes that has helped her in her personal life, too.

"SNHU has not only enabled me to be a better mother to my son who has autism," she said, "but has also put me on the pathway to ultimately help my community."

In your mental health program, you'll have experiential learning opportunities that can help you enhance your skills through projects you can show future employers. You also can choose to do an internship – another option to make you more marketable in the workforce.

By earning your mental health degree online at SNHU, you'll gain skills that include:

  • An understanding of the major theories of personality and how they apply to individual and group behavior
  • Awareness of the history of helping professions within psychology and related disciplines
  • An understanding of helping professions within psychology, human services and sociology
  • Familiarity with psychometric techniques
  • The ability to apply psychological concepts to various social issues

The online format of the program allows you to participate and learn when it works best for you without sacrificing community and support. SNHU can also help you succeed with a variety of aids, including dedicated advisors, online tutoring and a writing center.

In addition, the embedded certificate in Data Literacy in Psychology, provided to all eligible students in this degree program, helps you develop the sought-after knowledge and skills needed to synthesize data and effectively communicate your findings.

With the mental health concentration, you'll get to take an experiential learning course, which can help you better understand the direction you'd like to take your career and enhance your skills through real-world practice. In addition, the curriculum allows you to take an optional internship, giving you more ways to add valuable experiences to your resume.

If mental health is not the area of psychology you'd like to study, SNHU's online psychology degree offers 5 other concentrations: addictions, applied psychology, social psychology, in addition to a child psychology degree concentration and forensic psychology degree concentration.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources
  • General education courses: All online bachelor's degree students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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