We live in challenging times. From political unrest and natural disasters to unemployment and homelessness, the difficulties and demands of these situations affect individuals and families in countries around the world.

With an online BS in Human Services degree from Walden, you can become an advocate for the individuals and communities that are facing such issues and help change their world.

By studying the latest theories and principles of conflict management and resolution, you can explore ways to remedy and prevent individual and social issues. Our online bachelor’s in human services degree program can help you gain practical skills in case management, crisis and trauma response, advocacy, and community collaboration.

With these skills, you can prepare to work as a mental health aide, child advocate, or parole officer in a variety of settings, including group homes, family agencies, and rehabilitation centers.

Learning Outcomes

This online human services degree program prepares graduates to:

  • Articulate historical and current issues that have shaped the development of the human services profession.
  • Articulate 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.
  • Apply 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.

Career Impact

With an online BS in Human Services degree from Walden, you can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career that allows you to make a difference in people’s lives—while opening the door to potential career and earnings growth options.

Gain a Competitive Edge

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of social and human services assistants is expected to grow by nearly 16% by 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.1

Increase Your Earnings Potential

With your Walden degree in hand, you have the opportunity to raise your earnings potential over the course of your career.

  • According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, education pays off in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates. People with college and graduate degrees typically fare best in both categories.2
  • Those with a bachelor’s degree typically exceed earnings for high school graduates by 61%.3

Expand Your Career Options

Walden’s BS in Human Services degree can help prepare you for a such careers as:

  • Community support worker
  • Mental health support or aide
  • Community activist
  • Child advocate
  • Parole officer

Other possible areas of employment include hospitals, schools, and private or government human services agencies.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


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.


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

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Human Service Assistants. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment.”

3College Board, Education Pays: 2016, Trends in Higher Education Series.

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