Be a voice for those in need with a bachelor’s in human services from Walden.

You have a desire to help others. Whether you aspire to be a direct practitioner or an administrator, Walden’s BS in Human Services program can empower you to turn your passion into impact. A bachelor’s in human services degree prepares students to excel in direct services to individuals, families, and communities or in human services leadership roles.

Why Pursue Your BS in Human Services With Walden?

  • Be more marketable with job-ready skills: Gain the know-how employers seek. This includes practical direct-service skills as well as the leadership mastery to work in administrative positions.
  • Prepare confidently for today’s human services field: Our coursework reflects rigorous professional standards set forth by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
  • Tailor your learning to your desired human services career: Choose from nine compelling concentrations to focus your program on your personal interests and professional goals.
  • Skip the fieldwork: You’re not required to complete fieldwork or a practicum in Walden’s BS in Human Services program. However, if you prefer to have field experience, the option is available to you.
  • Gain an international perspective: Join a diverse community of human services professionals. Broaden your global understanding of the field and prepare for opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Get a head start on your master’s degree: With the Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) option, you can take graduate-level courses as an undergraduate that could be applied to a future MS in Human and Social Services.

BS in Human Services Degree Specializations

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Explore the underlying causes of addictive behavior as well as prevention methods. Gain insight into substance abuse and treatment and what makes certain individuals “high risk.” If you are interested in pursuing addiction counselor certification in the future, this concentration may be right for you.

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Take the Next Step Toward Your Dream

You always put others before yourself. Now, we’d like to help you reach your goals with a bachelor’s in human services degree. We’re excited to welcome you to the Walden family—a diverse community ready to support you at every step. Get started today.

Change Lives. Change Your Future.

Walden’s BS in Human Services program can empower you with the skills to thrive in non-licensed, nontherapeutic direct service or entry-level leadership roles. Develop essential relationship-building and community engagement expertise and learn to ethically guide people to the services they need for a better life. Take your career further and make a greater impact serving your community.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online BS in Human Services program will be prepared to:

  • Articulate historical and current issues that have shaped the development of the human services profession.
  • Understand the role that human services professionals play in working with individuals, communities, and families in need.
  • Identify strategies to address marginalization and social stratification for diverse communities in support of social change initiatives.
  • Advocate client needs across a variety of social domains.
  • Utilize knowledge of formal and informal networks in the human services delivery systems.
  • Implement appropriate models for addressing crisis-related problems in the lives of clients.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in providing client services and maintaining client records.
  • Evaluate service delivery and program effectiveness.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Human Services?

Help Those Who Need Help the Most

From suicide to substance abuse, the rising tide of social issues calls for more qualified professionals to help people access life-saving services. Demand for practitioners with a bachelor’s in human services has grown, with more than 10,000 related jobs posted in 2018 versus 7,260 in 2015.1

Walden’s BS in Human Services program prepares you to be on the front lines helping clients navigate social services in settings around the world. Build a broad set of highly marketable skills that can open new doors, whether you aspire to work in nontherapeutic direct services or administration.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Human Services?

A BS in Human Services from Walden can prepare you for a number of nontherapeutic direct service or entry-level leadership roles in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations. Between 2017 and 2018, demand for most job titles in the field increased, with top titles including: 2

  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Family services specialist
  • Residential counselor
  • Mental health technician
  • Director of social services
  • Coordinator

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online bachelor’s in human services degree program.

Enhance Your Earning Potential

A BS in Human Services degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for social and community service managers was $65,320 in May 2018.3

Highlights

Beyond the Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.

Testimonials

Mildred Peyton

Mildred Peyton

PhD in Human Services Graduate
Walden University is a powerful social change agent in the lives of its students as well as the global community.
Walden’s accreditation was the most important factor in deciding where to go. Employers and community members need to be assured you received a high-quality education, experience, and degree.
Soon after graduating, I was thrilled to join the faculty of the first fully online social work program at Walden University as a contributing member. In that role, I was able to set the tone of a scholar-practitioner.
Sha-Rhonda M. Davis PhD in Human Services Student
ShaRhonda M. Davis
Tomica Buford MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
Tomica Buford
Bernadette Marson PhD in Human Services Graduate
Bernadette Marson

1Source: Data for this analysis of job postings for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in human services from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2018, was retrieved using Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Results for industry sectors and job titles are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.

2Source: Data for this analysis of job postings for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in human services from January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018, was retrieved using Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Results for industry sectors and job titles are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.

3Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

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