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Human Services Degrees

Your education should be tailored to your needs, not the other way around. At Rasmussen University, start in the Human Services program that best fits your educational background. Entering the field for the first time? Then the Human Services Associate’s degree is right for you. If that’s the case, then you can easily ladder up to the Bachelor’s program.

Whatever path you pursue, we have the student support and career services to help see you through, from Associate’s degree to Bachelor’s.

These Human Services degrees are designed for non-licensed positions and do not academically qualify graduates for any state professional license. They are not intended for those seeking employment as a licensed social worker.

  • Associate’s Degree: Human Services

    Start here if:

    You have a passion for helping others and are looking to gain well-founded skills in empathy, communication with diverse populations, objective and professional writing and learning to work cohesively with others.2

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months3

    Career Path Example:

    Social and Human Service Assistants4

    • $28,610 10th Percentile
    • $32,850 25th Percentile
    • $38,520 50th Percentile

    View Associate’s degree details

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Human Services

    Start here if:

    You have your Human Services Associate’s degree, are looking to gain advanced skills and breadth exposure in the humans services field and are ready to pursue a fulfilling career in leading and helping others.5

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months3

    Career Path Example:

    Social and Community Service Manager4

    • $46,770 10th Percentile
    • $58,590 25th Percentile
    • $74,240 50th Percentile

    View Bachelor's degree details

Study It Tonight, Use It Tomorrow

You’ll take courses designed and reviewed by industry experts with field experience. Through online courses and Capstone opportunities that offer real-world experience, you’ll strengthen your ability to help others with skills in four key areas:

  • Interpersonal skills and working with others
  • Organization and leadership
  • Crisis response strategies
  • Real-life scenarios

Where Career Skills Meet Life Skills

Employers look for professionals with a well-rounded education. Students at all levels will cultivate six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Digital fluency
  • Information literacy
  • Communication
  • Diversity and teamwork
  • Ethics and professional responsibility

All six are strategically embedded into your coursework and are integral to every industry.

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"Rasmussen gave me all the learning material that I needed to know what I was going over. They had extra support. I would highly recommend it to anybody—you save money and time."

Dollye K.
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Student

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Degree Programs at a Glance

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

Finish in as few as 18 months.3

100% online plus 20+ campuses for in-person support.

Entrance requirements: This is a “Bachelor-Completer” program, meaning students need an Associate’s degree or prior college credits.6

Prepares you for: Careers as a 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.

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Associate’s Degree in Human Services

Finish in as few as 18 months.3

100% online plus 20+ campuses for in-person support.

Entrance requirements: High School Diploma or GED—no SAT or ACT required. Maximize your savings with transfer credits—get transferred credits reviewed in one business day (on average).

Prepares you for: Careers as a 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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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Rasmussen University accredited?

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

  • What is a Human Services degree?

    Human Services is a field that relies on people with different skillsets and areas of expertise to work together to help those in need. The primary aim of this field is to meet the basic physiological and wellness needs of communities through prevention, remediation and treatment.

  • What can you do with a Human Services degree?

    The roles and job titles a human services professional can take on can be wide-ranging. Here are a few examples to give you an idea:

    • Associate’s Degree
      • Community Service Assistant
      • Social Service Specialist
      • Human Service Assistant
      • Advocate
      • Program Assistant
    • Bachelor’s Degree
      • Child and Youth Services Worker
      • Residential Services Worker
      • Community Services and Outreach Manager
      • Family Support Worker
      • Human Services Administrator
  • Why is Human Services an important profession?

    People who work in this field often provide resources and care for the most vulnerable members of our community: children and the elderly, those with disabilities or mental illnesses, people who have been abused or who are overcoming addiction, and those who are trying to find their footing after a natural disaster or other emergency.

  • How will Rasmussen University support me while in an online Human Services program?

    Human Services students can expect hands-on support while earning a degree, as well as guidance in seeking employment from our dedicated Career Services team as you near graduation. Our faculty are comprised of industry experts, so you’ll be getting relevant and trusted instruction.

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