Provide Service and Help People Improve Their Lives

Earn Your Human Services Associate’s Degree

Our Human Services Associate’s degree prepares you for a rewarding, service-oriented career helping individuals and families get through difficult times. This non-licensed program provides career opportunities such as social service specialist, human service assistant and community service specialist in settings ranging from courts and victim advocacy organizations to foster homes, juvenile justice centers and mental health facilities.

Through courses led by industry-experienced instructors, you develop the poise and familiarity you need to help individuals in crisis situations and who need assistance improving their lives.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 9 Months
Diploma 15 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field Human Services Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career as a human services professional. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Crisis Response Strategies

    Gain an understanding of the impact and response to crisis situations including stress, assault, substance abuse and loss, and the roles and relationships of victims, police officers, nurses and counselors.

  • Public Service Knowledge

    Explore the benefits and challenges of four public services—mental health, education, criminal justice and social services—functioning independently in one community.

  • Organization and Leadership

    Examine the structure of community organizations, how systems are affected and populations are served.

  • Real-World Experience

    Our internship program enables you to develop practical and relational skills in a real-world environment—an advantage with employers after graduation.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our Human Services programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Morrison County Social Services
  • Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute, Inc
  • Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children's Home
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • South Dakota Human Services Center
  • Opportunity Manor

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Human Services Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $26,320

Program Entry Requirements

You will need to pass a criminal background check prior to enrolling as a Human Services Associate's degree student. To learn more, contact us today.

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What Could You Earn as a Justice Studies Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), continuing your education can help you earn a higher salary and advance your career. Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for justice studies professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Community Health Workers$20,720$26,860$34,61025%
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Others$24,010$30,940$40,05015%
Social and Human Service Assistants $19,620$23,160$29,23022%

Earning a degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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