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Human Services Courses in Milwaukee, WI with School Overviews

Nov 29, 2018

The Milwaukee area has at least six schools that offer human services programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 15 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Milwaukee-Area Schools with Human Services Programs

The Milwaukee area offers several education options for individuals planning a career in human services. This article looks at three schools that offer undergraduate training. All are less than 20 minutes from the downtown area. A table of information about the schools, including enrollment figures, tuition and graduation rates, can help prospective students in making a decision regarding their training. Information about three other Milwaukee-area schools with relevant programs is found at the end of this article.

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College is about eight miles from the downtown Milwaukee area and offers small classes in a large city setting. Its students can earn a bachelor's degree in human social services.
  • About seven miles from downtown Milwaukee is Cardinal Stritch University, which is a Franciscan school. It has a Bachelor of Science degree program in human services management.
  • Ottawa University, 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. This school boasts flexible schedules and frequent start dates for courses, which provides opportunities to adult working students.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a school, individuals should look at many factors. This table presents important information about these schools in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Cardinal Stritch University Ottawa University - Milwaukee
School Type 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; private, non-profit 4-year; private non-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,114* 2,355* 206*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $29,140* $28,844* $12,361 (average)*
% of Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid (2016) 100%* 99%* 53% *
Acceptance Rate (2017) 90%* 78%* N/A
Retention Rate (2017) 79% for full-time students* 77% for full-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 67%* 45%* N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College offers programs taught from a Christian perspective, including a bachelor's degree program in human social services. This program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in the field or to enter the workforce in human services positions.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Social Services

The human social services major requires students to complete 63 credits in the major and additional general education credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Core courses in the program include an introduction to human social services, introduction to psychology, listening, ethics and advanced human social services. Students may choose elective courses in the areas of psychology, communication and religious studies. The degree program also requires students to complete a practicum in social services to gain experience under the supervision of experienced professionals.

Cardinal Stritch University

Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee is a Franciscan university that was founded in 1937. The university's college of business and management offers a human services management program geared for adult working students.

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management

The bachelor's degree in human services management trains students for a career managing human services organizations and agencies. The program is available on-campus, online and in a hybrid format. Coursework includes macroeconomics, grant writing, management and finance. Students must have two years of work experience for enrollment into this program.

Ottawa University - Milwaukee

Ottawa University offers a human services program at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, campus. The School of Arts and Sciences offers the bachelor's degree program in human services for students planning to enter graduate school or for those interested in a career in the field.

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

The bachelor's degree program in human services includes coursework in social policy, the family and principles of psychology. Students may select an area of emphasis such as advocacy, corrections, child and family services, mental health or gerontology. Human services majors may enter graduate degree programs in social work, public administration or urban studies.

Other School Options

There are three downtown Milwaukee schools that also offer human services courses. The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers certificate programs and courses in human services areas, such as trauma counseling and family mediation. The Milwaukee campus of Springfield College School of Human Services, which is headquartered in Massachusetts, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in human services. The Milwaukee Area Technical College offers a 2-year degree in human services.

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