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Best Human Services Degree Programs: List of Top Schools

A degree in human services can lead to a career in social work, guidance counseling, and other related fields. Learn about two of the best schools in the nation that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in human services. View article »

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Are you interested in pursuing a career in human services or advancing your career? Undergraduate and graduate degree students in this field often go on to become social workers, family and guidance counselors, and childcare professionals, among many other roles that provide people with social assistance and community-based help.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Villanova University Students can take part in student organizations related to human services Villanova, PA
Northeastern University Program is available on campus as well as online Boston, MA
California State University - Fullerton Human services program is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education Fullerton, CA
College of Saint Mary Human services students complete one year of field experience Omaha, NE
Elon University Ranked #1 among regional universities in the South in 2015 by U.S. News Elon, NC
Emmanuel College Human services students can gain experience through the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership Boston, MA
Seton Hill University Offers a combined bachelor's and master's program in human services that can be completed in five years Greensburg, PA
University of Delaware This school offers human services study-abroad programs in Barbados and South Africa Newark, DE

Villanova University and Northeastern University are two of the very best U.S. schools that offer programs in human services. Let's learn more about these programs and the coursework they offer.

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Villanova University in Villanova, PA

Villanova University offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies. This program offers a high degree of flexibility and students can choose to major in sociology with a minor in counseling. Courses in this program include introductory counseling, counseling theory, and developmental psychology, as well as group, family and couples counseling.

You can also earn a master's degree or a post-master's certificate in counseling from Villanova. The graduate degree generally takes two years to complete and incorporates clinical training for a career in mental health or school counseling. The post-master's certificate, on the other hand, is a condensed program intended for fulfilling professional certification requirements, obtaining licensure, or earning continuing education credits.

One of the biggest highlights of earning a degree from Villanova is that students can take part in a handful of student organizations related to human services including the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Graduate Counseling Club.

Northeastern University in Boston, MA

At Northeastern University, students can complete a Bachelor of Science in Human Services through the College of Professional Studies. This program is also available online. Coursework includes public health, social problems, juvenile justice, and sociology. Students can specialize in child and family studies, health and social issues, or human development.

Northeastern University also offers a Master of Science in Human Services, which is also available online. Students learn how to manage care for at-risk clients, supervise personnel, and administer programs. Classes include social inequality and change, policy issues, and ethical leadership. Concentrations are offered in organizational communication, leadership, and global studies.

Other Human Services Programs

Other schools that offer human services programs include Emanuel College in Boston, MA; Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA; and University of Delaware in Newark, DE. California State University - Fullerton in Fullerton, CA offers a human services program that's accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, and the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, NE has a human services program in which students complete one year of field experience. You might also consider Elon University based in Elon, NC. It has a program that was ranked #1 among regional universities in the south in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.


Some of the top schools in the country for a human services degree include Villanova University in Villanova, PA and Northeastern University in Boston, MA. A degree in this field can prepare you for a career in social assistance and community-based help such as a social worker or a guidance counselor.

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