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Human Services Degree Online Bachelor's Program

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Register By: August 27 Classes Start: August 29

Earn a Human Services Degree

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Receive credit for prior learning
  • Experiential-learning opportunities
  • Make a difference in your community
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Human Services Degree Program Overview

Help individuals and communities in need by mastering the art of advocacy and the fundamentals of effectively helping populations in need with an online Bachelor of Arts in Human Services degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Earning your online human services degree gives you more than an understanding of how compassion meets policy and process. It offers the personal rewards that come from helping to improve the lives of individuals, families or entire populations.

Learn how to:

  • Evaluate social, political and historical milestones and trends as they relate to human services' role in advocating for individuals, families and communities in need
  • Use culturally responsive strategies across diverse populations
  • Apply legal and ethical standards to provide comprehensive, well-informed care
  • Demonstrate professional, interpersonal dynamics in formal and informal networks
  • Evaluate policy development, communication strategies and coalition-building opportunities – the building blocks of social change
  • Develop knowledge and skills in inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and decision-making

Choose the general track or enhance your degree and specialize your skill set with one of 3 concentrations: child and family services, gerontology and substance abuse.

Your online human services degree courses are taught by practicing human service professionals who bring years of experience to their teaching. You’ll develop the research and communication skills needed to identify and assess community resources for your clients, conduct community assessments and interview and assist clients who need services. Upon graduating, you'll have knowledge and skills that can help position you for success in the field of human services.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

With an aging population and the increased demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services, graduates of the BA in Human Services program can expect to see great opportunities in their field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median annual salary of $69,600 for social and community service managers in 2020.1 And with a projected growth rate of 17% for those positions through 2029, employment prospects look positive for those seeking new opportunities in the human services field.1

Laura Gaughan with the text Laura Gaughan“Recently earning my bachelor’s in human services came at a great time and definitely gave me the advantage over other applicants,” said Laura Gaughan '21. “I have learned so much in college that I can apply to my new job – not only the human services content but on-the-job skills such as time management.”

Most human service organizations are government agencies or nonprofits. While some exist to serve many populations living in an area, there are also many human service organizations that specialize in helping at-risk populations overcome specific issues. As a human services professional, you could find yourself in fields like:

  • Abuse & domestic violence prevention
  • Food and nutrition
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Housing and shelter
  • Youth development
  • Legal and victim assistance
  • Public safety and disaster relief
  • Senior care and housing
  • Juvenile justice or prisoner rehabilitation
  • Substance abuse

Human services professionals work in community, residential care or institutional settings. You may find yourself providing direct services such as leading a group, organizing an activity, or counseling or advocating for those struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and health conditions. You may handle administrative support tasks, too. Job titles include:

  • Adult care worker
  • Caseworker
  • Community outreach worker
  • Group home worker
  • Home health aide
  • Juvenile court liaison
  • Life skills instructor
  • Mental health aide
  • Probation officer
  • Residential counselor
  • Social service liaison

Amanda Morris with the text Amanda MorrisWith a degree in human services, you may even find yourself in a role of advocacy in your own home and community. Amanda Morris '21 enrolled at SNHU because she wanted to help children and families like her own.

"As a parent, I know the amount of advocacy that is required to ensure that your child is receiving the services and support that they need to be successful in life," said Morris. "This program has provided me the tools I needed to make changes within my own community for my children. I have been able to more successfully advocate for my children’s rights to a free and appropriate education, as well as advocate for our local brain injury organization through meeting with local legislatures."

Earning an online human services degree is also excellent preparation for a graduate degree in human services or a master's in psychology, counseling, social work, sociology, public health, public administration and related degrees.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Human Services Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Through authentic learning experiences, you'll practice and apply what you learn so you have the confidence and proficiencies to become a human services professional. Coursework covers assessment, evaluating client outcomes, advocating for policy change, developing a care plan and finding a career in human services.

Lacey May with the text Lacey MayTaught by industry experts, you'll be learning from instructors with real-world experience. "I loved that the majority of my professors held doctoral degrees and had worked in the field," said Lacey May '20. "Bringing not only textbook knowledge but also real-life (information)."

The bachelor's in human services requires the completion of a capstone experience. The capstone challenges each student to demonstrate how his or her new skills can be applied in a real-world setting. Throughout their studies, students in the BA in Human Services program are encouraged (but not required) to pursue relevant experiential learning and internship opportunities.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's 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. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course 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—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

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.