Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Services

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in human services degree programs for students wanting to go into fields like counseling, social work, community outreach, elder care, addictions counseling, child protective services, and mental health services.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Services
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Frequently Asked Questions About Human Services Degrees

If you like to help people and take part in improving the quality of life for others, a bachelor’s degree in human services could be right for you. This undergraduate degree focuses on prevention as well as remediation, and students will be able to select a specialization, such as advocacy, corrections, child and family, mental health, and gerontology.

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Most 120-credit programs take about four to five years to complete and can be pursued online or on campus.

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Students will study topics like crisis intervention, social welfare policies, advocacy and social justice.

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After graduation, students can seek employment in a variety of fields, including counseling, social work, community outreach, elder care, addictions counseling, child protective services, and mental health services. Many students also choose to continue into advanced degree programs, where they can qualify for leadership roles and opportunities to provide clinical therapy.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Human Services Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online human services bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Services Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Mercer University

    #698 institution's historical influence
    #1052 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Macon, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
    BS in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Family Services - Human Services
    • Gerontology Services - Human Services
    • Social Services - Human Services
    • Substance Abuse Services - Human Services
    • Mental Health Services - Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #450 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Community Health and Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Community Health
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Social Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    California Baptist University

    #2100 institution's historical influence
    #1289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Riverside, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    Washburn University

    #755 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    4K

    Topeka, KS

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Lander University

    #3676 institution's historical influence
    #913 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    Greenwood, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    East Tennessee State University

    #1345 institution's historical influence
    #564 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/23

    Johnson City, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Upper Iowa University

    #1869 institution's historical influence
    #319 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Fayette, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    St. Petersburg College

    #2896 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    19K

    Clearwater, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Health Services Administration

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Murray State University

    #1786 institution's historical influence
    #410 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1142/24

    Murray, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA/BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Iowa Wesleyan University

    #2054 institution's historical influence
    #1003 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/21

    Mount Pleasant, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Agribusiness
    • Applied Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Health Care Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Human Services
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of South Carolina Beaufort

    #4681 institution's historical influence
    #1314 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1015/19

    Bluffton, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Gordon State College

    #5976 institution's historical influence
    #599 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    930/17

    Barnesville, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Belhaven University

    #3117 institution's historical influence
    #810 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    Jackson, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    Lindsey Wilson College

    #6347 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    3K

    Columbia, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services and Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Florida State College at Jacksonville

    #4033 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    17K

    Jacksonville, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Troy University

    #1714 institution's historical influence
    #720 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/21

    Troy, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Purdue University Global

    #3230 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    46K

    West Lafayette, IN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    University of South Alabama

    #1507 institution's historical influence
    #1190 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Mobile, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BA/BS in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Concentrations

    • Administrative Sciences
    • Appliied Arts
    • Applied Sciences
    • Community Services
    • Human Services
    • Liberal Studies
    • Professional Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Columbia College

    #4960 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    7K

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Shorter University

    #4605 institution's historical influence
    #1041 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Rome, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Quincy University

    #3137 institution's historical influence
    #1067 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/22

    Quincy, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 Years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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