Psychology (BA/BS)

Unlock the secrets of the human mind

When you choose to major or minor in psychology at Mary Baldwin, you’ll embark on a captivating adventure that will deepen your understanding of the complexities of the human psyche. From unraveling the mysteries of behavior to exploring the inner workings of the mind, our comprehensive curriculum will empower you with knowledge and skills that are applicable in a wide range of fields.

Time to finish
4 years
Online, In-person
Degree Types
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Why Study Psychology at Mary Baldwin?

Mary Baldwin University’s psychology degree program is designed to help you develop and apply a scientific understanding of mind and behavior. Through hands-on research and opportunities, you’ll develop critical thinking, analyzing, and oral communication skills — skills highly sought after by employers.

You can choose from in-demand areas of emphasis, including:

  • Child psychology
  • Elder care
  • Forensic psychology
  • Mental health
  • Occupational and physical therapy

Our program teaches you to collect, analyze, and interpret your own data — lab work almost unheard of for most undergraduates. You’ll leave having conducted your own research project and prepared a manuscript of your findings. You may even present it publicly. This level of practice leaves you prepared and confident for when you enter the workforce. The skills honed in the discipline of psychology are useful in all aspects of work and life. 

Flexible Degree Options

Tailor your educational journey by pursuing a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) in psychology. Additionally, we offer psychology as a minor or post-baccalaureate certificate program, providing options for students with diverse academic interests. The psychology program is available in-person at our Staunton campus, or online.

“The relationships I was able to build with instructors created such an amazing learning experience. And I can’t just single out one or two — so many of them went out of their way to help me discover my passion and figure out what I want to do for the future.”

Cauy Duboise ’22psychology major

Students love our courses 

Here is just a sample of the types of courses you’ll take as a psychology major:

Unique student support

The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.

Careers that count

According to the American Psychological Association, a bachelor’s degree in psychology is versatile for future careers. Possible careers with a background in psychology include:

  • Career Information Specialist
  • Career/Employment Counselor
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Welfare/Placement Caseworker
  • Disability Case Manager
  • Employment Counselor
  • Health Care Facility Administrator
  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Project Evaluator
  • Psychological Stress Evaluator
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist (PSR)
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Veterans Counselor
  • Victims’ Advocate

You can also go on to graduate degrees in:

  • law
  • medicine
  • business

Specialize in specific areas of practice including:

  • the environment
  • crime
  • animals
  • children
  • social work
  • rehabilitation
  • the military

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

MBU helps you fast-track your path to a psychology degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.

  • Cost per credit hour: $486
  • Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120

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It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!