When you earn your Bachelor’s in Human Services online, you’re gaining more than a credential. You’re gaining the tools you need to pursue a stable, rewarding career that aligns with your core values.
You’ll also be preparing yourself for more than “just” a job. A degree in human services prepares you for leadership. Monroe’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services is designed to give you the skills you need to help underserved, diverse populations overcome the many challenges created by social, racial, and economic injustice.
And at Monroe, we do everything we can to help you overcome challenges of your own. We know you have responsibilities — to your job, to your family — that might make getting to campus difficult. The online experience offers the same quality education as our on campus program, but with the flexibility and convenience that works with your busy life.
There’s nothing standing in your way. If you’re ready to serve — and ready to lead — then you’re ready to earn your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Services.
Why Should I Study Human Services Online?
According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in community and social service occupations will grow by 10% by 2031. For social and community service managers, that rate rises to 12%. In both cases, the rate of projected growth is much higher than the national average for all occupations.
Those trends indicate two things. First, it means that there’s an accelerating need among under-resourced, diverse communities. It also means there’s never been a better time to advance your career in human services.
At Monroe’s fully accredited School of Criminal and Social Justice, you’ll get the training you need to help those in need — and to build a career you can be proud of.
The Human Services Curriculum
The term “human services” can mean a lot of things, from counseling to career guidance to providing food and shelter for those in need. Fundamentally, it’s all about helping people find stability and self-sufficiency.
No matter which career path you take, success in human services requires mastery of many different skill sets, including:
- Policy and administration
- Social issues
- Political engagement
- Counseling theory
- Group dynamics
- Substance abuse
You’ll learn from seasoned professionals with decades of experience working in community centers, mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, crisis intervention, military and veteran services, group homes and foster care, adult day care, residential care, and much more. You’ll then be ready to take on new experiences of your own, including:
- A supervised practicum at an approved human services or community agency, and
- Two semesters of field experience in social service agencies.
With the support of your dedicated Monroe faculty, you’ll gain hundreds of hours of training in the real world before you even finish your degree.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services?
It takes eight (8) semesters to finish a Human Services Bachelor’s Degree online. That’s under three years if you complete those semesters consecutively.
Online BS in Human Services Requirements:
- 124 total credits
- 64 credits of major-related courses
- 60 credits of general education and related courses
Monroe also offers multiple degree options. In addition to a fully on campus program, we offer a hybrid curriculum that allows you the flexibility of taking human services classes online while still enjoying hands-on, in-person experience.
Learn more about the requirements for an online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services.
The Online Mini-Mester: 2 Courses. 7½ Weeks.
We know online learning is still new to a lot of people. That’s why we offer a chance for you to sample it first.
Monroe’s 7½-week Mini-Mester offers students a chance to try online learning without taking on a full course load. With the Mini-Mester, you take just two (2) classes at a time. You can then choose to go on and complete a full 15-week semester — and your previous Mini-Mester credits are fully transferable toward your degree.
Introduction to Case Management
From intake to assessment to termination, planning a course of treatment for a human services client requires a specialized set of organizational skills. This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts, principles, and best practices that go into creating effective case management strategies. Students will also examine specific case studies to see how various strategies apply to real-world circumstances.
Applicants for the online BS Human Services online must fulfill the following admissions requirements:
- Candidates must possess either a high school graduation credential or high school equivalency diploma, or a recognized college associate degree or higher as listed in the transfer admissions policy.
- Candidates must also submit a completed application for admission, as well as a personal statement or essay.
Human Services applicants may also participate in a pre-admission interview.
Tuition and Financial Aid
How Much Does an Online Human Services Degree Cost
When you major in Human Services, you’re doing everything in your power to help other people move their lives forward. It’s only fair that we do the same for you.
In addition to our affordable tuition and fees and manageable payment plans, our financial aid office will help you to find all the scholarships, grants, and loans for which you qualify. We’ll even help you obtain work-study employment if need be.
What Can I Do With a BS in Human Services?
Human Services Jobs
As you pursue your degree, you’ll learn how to apply your focus to specific populations including:
- Immigrant populations
- Unhoused persons
- Senior citizens
- People living with disabilities
- People living with mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders
- The formerly incarcerated
And once you complete your degree, you’ll have the knowledge — and self-knowledge — to pursue a career path that best fits your talents, including:
- Correctional Counselor
- Rehabilitation Counselor
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Child Welfare Specialist
- Case Manager
- Community Advocate
- Community Health Educator
- Family and Child Advocate
- Juvenile Counselor
- Juvenile Probation Officer
- Behavioral Management Aide
You’ll be well prepared for positions in government, non-profit organizations, and even in private, for-profit enterprises.
Professional Opportunities in Human Services
From your very first semester, you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills to work as part of Monroe’s Human Services Club. The Human Services Club works with local agencies on fundraising and public awareness projects, dealing with issues that include domestic violence, poverty, and homelessness.
You’ll go on to work in a variety of required field placements, where you’ll learn exactly where you want to focus your future career. Here are just a few of the professional settings where Monroe’s Human Services majors have been placed:
- The New York City Department of Probation
- The Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle
- Compassionate Care Hospice
- The Children’s Village
- ACDP Sedgwick Cornerstone Community Center
- Success Outpatient Treatment Services
Through your internship, you’ll build a valuable network of professional connections that will sustain you throughout your human services career. Monroe’s Human Services program is a part of the National Organization of Human Services, which provides students with opportunities for scholarships and access to yearly conferences.
Discover What You Can Achieve With an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services
When you earn an online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, you’re not just moving your own life forward. You’re helping all the people whose paths you’ll cross as you advance your career. We’ll show you how.
Learn more about Monroe’s online degree in Human Services. Apply today.