Best Online Master’s in Human Services

Find top-ranked online master’s in human services degree programs for students wanting to go into fields like long-term care, government, grant writing, and child welfare. Students will also qualify to work in clinical settings and serve as executive directors, grants management specialists, advocacy directors, teen center directors, and human services business analysts.

Best Online Master’s in Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Human Services Degrees

Professionals looking to acquire advanced skills and expand career opportunities can earn a master’s in human services either online or on campus. With the ultimate goal of making a positive difference for people, graduate students will focus their learning in specializations like community and social services, gerontology, human services nonprofit administration, and family studies and interventions.

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Programs range from 30 to 45 credits and typically take students two to three years to complete.

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Depending on their concentration, graduates can work in a variety of fields, including long-term care, government, grant writing, and child welfare. Upon graduation, students will qualify to work in clinical settings and serve as executive directors, grants management specialists, advocacy directors, teen center directors, and human services business analysts.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in social work.

Best Online Master's in Human Services Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online human services master'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 Master’s in Human Services Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Eastern Illinois University

    #1799 institution's historical influence
    #915 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    Charleston, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services Program Administration
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    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

    MS in Social Science

    Concentrations

    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 12 months
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    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

    MS in Human Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    California State University, Northridge

    #544 institution's historical influence
    #1253 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/19

    Northridge, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    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

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Family and community services
    • Organizational and social services
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Plymouth State University

    #3047 institution's historical influence
    #327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    4K

    Plymouth, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Organizational Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Personal Organizational Wellness
    • Human Services Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Counseling
    • Conflict & Mediation Ministry
    • Criminal Justice And Ministry
    • Counseling
    • Life Coaching
    • Trauma And Crisis Counseling
    • Marriage And Family Ministry
    • Grief Counseling
    • Human Services For Student Affairs
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Human Services-Addiction Counseling
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    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

    MM in Business

    Concentrations

    • Human Services Nonprofit Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 12 months
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Houston Baptist University

    #1979 institution's historical influence
    #270 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services Counseling

    Concentrations

    • Human Sexuality
    • Marriage and Family
    • Professional Life Coaching
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    #2132 institution's historical influence
    #1254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/21

    Nacogdoches, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Counseling Non-Clinical
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Youngstown State University

    #1531 institution's historical influence
    #1321 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    Youngstown, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Health and Human Services
    • Required Credits: 34-37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #3597 institution's historical influence
    #92 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/19

    Waxahachie, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services Counseling Non-Clinical
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    Concordia University Chicago

    #5132 institution's historical influence
    #833 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/23

    River Forest, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
    MA in Human Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Southeastern University

    #6492 institution's historical influence
    #135 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Lakeland, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Albertus Magnus College

    #3370 institution's historical influence
    #501 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    970/19

    New Haven, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MSMOL in Management and Organizational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Community Leadership
    • Organizational Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    Bryan College

    #2569 institution's historical influence
    #159 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    1K

    Dayton, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    St. Joseph's College

    #12285 institution's historical influence
    #646 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/22

    Brooklyn, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services Leadership and BS in Human Services

    Concentrations

    • Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 132
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Human Services Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Dual Degree witha Human Services BS
    • Required Credits: 132
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Mount Aloysius College

    #5301 institution's historical influence
    #701 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    1K

    Cresson, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Project Management
    • Health and Human Services Administration
    • Non-Profit Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  22. #22

    Lenoir–Rhyne University

    #7841 institution's historical influence
    #853 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Hickory, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Prescott College

    #2663 institution's historical influence
    #493 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    Prescott, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Critical Psychology And Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Saint Joseph's College of Maine

    #5650 institution's historical influence
    #721 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Standish, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    BS - MS in Human Services and Human Services Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 132
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  25. #25

    Touro University Worldwide

    #10986 institution's historical influence

    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 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 some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build 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 is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And 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 or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new 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 institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. 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 which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students 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.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, 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. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

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 resume 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.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will 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 require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, 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 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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