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Human Services Degree

Online Bachelor's Degree, Online Associate's Degree

A Human Services degree may be your calling if you have a kind heart and the drive to make a powerful, positive impact on others. Our Human Services Associate’s degree online program can be completed in as few as 18 months and can put you on the fast track to earning your Bachelor's degree in Human Services in another 18 months.The fully online Human Services degree curriculum develops your ability to communicate with and serve diverse populations. Help move your career forward while being an integral part of change in the lives of others.

This online Human Services degree is designed for non-licensed positions and does not academically qualify graduates for any state professional license. It is not intended for those seeking employment as a licensed social worker.

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  • Self-Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Associate's and Bachelor's Completer Human Services degree programs with self-directed assessments. These $149 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials, and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

  • Transferable Skills

    Along with program-specific skills, students in all programs and at all credential levels learn six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

    All six skills are strategically embedded into your human services program, further preparing you for your career. At the Associate’s degree level, you’ll develop critical thinking by analyzing cases of clients in crisis to determine the best resources and strategies to support them. At the Bachelor’s level, you’ll grow your diversity and teamwork skills as you apply self-reflection and development strategies to forge relationship management skills and gain the tools to know yourself. Learn more about transferable skills.

  • Strengthen Your Ability To Help Others

    Gain critical human services skills in four program areas: interpersonal skills and working with others, organization and leadership, crisis response strategies, and real-life scenarios. Understand how to appropriately communicate with patients through in-person interactions, as well as technological communication such as telehealth, social media, electronic case management and electronic health records.

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Human Services Credentials Offered

Human Services

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Intended for

Students who already have an Associate’s degree with a passion to help others in a variety of career opportunities. Students looking to gain advanced skills and breadth exposure in the human services field and pursue a fulfilling career communicating, leading and helping others.

Prepares you for

Child and youth services worker, adult services worker, residential services worker, community services and outreach manager, family support worker, human services administrator, or working in settings including advocacy organizations, rehabilitation services, public assistance programs, health facilities, nonprofit organizations and government entities

Human Services

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students with a passion to help others in a variety of career opportunities. Students looking to gain well-founded skills in empathy, communication with diverse populations, objective and professional writing and learning to work cohesively with others.

Prepares you for

Community service assistant, social service specialist, human service assistant, advocate, program assistant, or working in settings including advocacy organizations, rehabilitation services, public assistance programs, health facilities, nonprofit organizations and government entities

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Turn Your Online Human Services Degree into a Career

We’ve made advancing your online Human Services education even easier by offering courses and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. Through online Human Services classes led by industry-experienced instructors, you develop the empathy and communication skills you need to help make a positive impact in the lives of others. At the Associate’s degree level, you can participate in an integrative Capstone course. At the Bachelor’s degree level, you can choose to participate in either a Capstone or internship opportunity for valuable real-world experience. Rasmussen University’s ladder curriculum allows you to smoothly transfer your online Human Services Associate’s degree credits, or Associate’s degree in any field, toward an online Human Services Bachelor’s degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.2  Here are just a few examples of where an online Human Services degree can take you.

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

  • BLS Earnings Data: 3

    • $29,520 10th Percentile
    • $37,170 25th Percentile
    • $47,390 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Social and Community Service Managers

  • BLS Earnings Data: 3

    • $46,550 10th Percentile
    • $58,490 25th Percentile
    • $74,000 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Social and Human Service Assistants

  • BLS Earnings Data: 3

    • $27,910 10th Percentile
    • $30,440 25th Percentile
    • $37,610 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent

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