Bachelor’s in Human Services

Your impact matters. Channel your compassion for others into a fulfilling career with Walden’s BS in Human Services program.

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Bachelor’s in Human Services

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Why Choose Walden?

ACCELERATE INTO MASTER'S (AIM)

Take graduate-level courses as an undergraduate that could be applied to a future MS in Human Services.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Join a diverse community of human services professionals and broaden your global understanding of the field.

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.

RIGOROUS COURSEWORK

Our coursework reflects rigorous professional standards set forth by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

TAILOR YOUR LEARNING

Choose from six compelling concentrations to focus your program on your personal interests and professional goals.

OPTIONAL FIELDWORK

You’re not required to complete fieldwork or a practicum, but the option is available to you if you prefer to have field experience.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

Walden Undergraduate Academy®

Discover a new bachelor’s education experience for first-time adult college students.

Walden Undergraduate Academy opens new doors for working adults like you and makes earning a degree more achievable than ever before. This dedicated learning experience has an extra layer of support to help you build your confidence and academic skills before you start your online bachelor’s program. You’ll also be eligible for special savings that can make your bachelor’s degree more affordable.

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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum ComponentRequirementsCostAmount
Tuition181 quarter credit hours$340 per quarter hour$61,540
Program FeePer quarter$175$2,800
   $64,340**
BELIEVE & ACHIEVE SCHOLARSHIP

YOUR TUITION
-$17,640

$46,700*

*Represents course-based learning format, minimum time to completion, no transfer of credit, and Believe & Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 135 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0109.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Program Outcomes

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.

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

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the roles of human services professional practitioners.
  • Develop a professional identity as a new human service professional practitioner.
  • Describe how human services related research informs the delivery of culturally sensitive human services.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate application of a variety of human services intervention strategies.
  • Communicate with a variety of stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate an ability to determine client needs based on a variety of information.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to advocate for client needs in order to support positive social change.

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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.