Those in the human services field often work with nonprofits or governments to offer counseling and other services to at-risk and poor citizens. Colorado has several public and non-profit schools that offer degrees in human services and related fields like social work. Program levels range from bachelor's to doctoral degrees. Admission to graduate degree programs will require particular prerequisite courses to have been taken. Some programs may allow students to choose their elective coursework to specialize and research is often emphasized in higher-level degree programs.
Five Colorado colleges that award human services degrees are profiled below.
Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Colorado State University at Fort Collins serves over 30,000 students a year. Students who are pursuing a career in human services will want to explore the school's social work programs. Undergraduate students can prepare for a career in social work by pursuing a Bachelor of Social work degree. Bachelor's students will need to earn 120 credits to complete the degree program. Required courses for the B.S.W. degree program include human behavior in the social environment and social welfare policy. Students will learn about the practice of social work with respect to individuals and families, small groups, and organizations and communities.
The university also offers two graduate degrees in social work. Students can earn a Master of Social Work degree or a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work. Master's students can complete their program in two years if they attend full time. Ph.D. candidates should already possess a Master's degree and will need to earn at least 57 credits to complete the doctorate.
Colorado State University - Pueblo
The Colorado State University branch located in Pueblo has a student population of more than 7,000. Students who are interested in human services can find an undergraduate degree in social work through this university. In order to be admitted into the Bachelor of Social Work program at Pueblo, students will need to have at least a 2.0 GPA, and a 2.5 GPA in social work courses. Students will need to complete an application and submit a transcript and letters of recommendation. The Bachelor of Social Work degree can be completed in four years. Students will be prepared for careers in hospitals, mental health facilities, prisons, and state departments of human services.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State College of Denver in the city of Denver enrolls over 21,000 students each year. The school offers an undergraduate and a graduate degree for students interested in human services. The Bachelor of Science in Social Work is a 4-year degree program with a general curriculum that teaches many aspects of human services. The core of the human services program includes courses such as family social work, case management, social work for the aging, and social work with urban families. Students also take elective courses tailored to their specific areas of interest within human services. With this degree, students can seek entry-level human services positions with government agencies, education systems, private and public medical clinics and research facilities. The school also offers a Master of Social Work with concentrations in children, youth, and families; adult mental health; older adults, and child welfare. Graduates of the program can go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers by fulfilling additional state requirements.
University of Denver
Denver University is a private university located in the city of Denver. The school enrolls more than 11,000 students. The school offers graduate degrees in social work for students interested in human services. Students enrolled in the Master of Social Work program will take courses in the history of social welfare and social work, social welfare policy, and theories of leadership. Additionally, students will study family therapy, drug dependency interventions, and mental health interventions. Students studying for the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work will learn about welfare policy analysis, quantitative research methods, and qualitative research methods.
University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado is a public university in Greeley. The school serves over 12,000 students annually. The School of Human Sciences offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Human Services program to students looking to work as counselors, addiction specialists, therapeutic specialists, family outreach specialists and in related occupations. The program offers flexible elective courses that allow students to study in a particular field of human services, including community health, gerontology, and rehabilitative services. Courses include health education strategies, healthcare management principles, family counseling, public health and environment, mental health, human services career assessment and human service programming and procedures.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Services Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Colorado State University - Fort Collins||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Social Work,
Master of Social Work,
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
| In-state: $11,707, out-of-state: $29,608 (undergraduate)
In-state: $12,495; out-of-state: $27,321 (graduate)
|Colorado State University - Pueblo||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Social Work||In-state: $10,408, out-of-state: $26,329 (undergraduate)|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Social Work,
Master of Social Work
| In-state: $7,666, out-of-state: $20,847 (undergraduate)
In-state: $9,311; out-of-state: $14,008 (graduate)
|University of Denver||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Social Work,
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
|University of Northern Colorado||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Human Services||In-state: $9,918, out-of-state: $21,786 (undergraduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.