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New York City Colleges with Human Services Degree Programs

Feb 21, 2019

The New York City area has several colleges that offer human services degrees. To make an informed education decision, learn about the program options and requirements at three of these schools located within 15 miles of downtown NYC.

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Human Services Schools in New York City

Students in New York City who are interested in earning a degree in the human services field have several college options within the immediate area. This article highlights not only the required coursework but also the internship opportunities available through three schools' programs. A table of facts and figures on the profiled institutions is included, as is a bit of info on a fourth college option.

  • Brooklyn's New York City College of Technology, a part of the City University of New York system, is located about four miles from the center of the city. The school offers both associate's and bachelor's degree programs in human services.
  • Another City University of New York school offering relevant programs is Bronx Community College, which can be found around eight miles from downtown NYC. Students can choose between two associate's degree program options in human services.
  • Situated about 15 miles from central New York City, St. John's University offers a bachelor's degree in health and human services at its Queens campus.

Comparison of Schools

Compare the featured colleges in areas like acceptance rates and tuition costs using the table below. It offers a wealth of info on the schools, and also allows for easy comparison of the institutions' stats.

CUNY New York City College of Technology CUNY Bronx Community College St. John's University
School Type 4-year, primarily associate's, Public 2-year, Public 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 17,279* 10,935* 21,340*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) In-state: $6,920; out-of-state: $14,310* In-state: $5,206; out-of-state: $8,086* $40,520*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 82%* 89%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 77%* Open admissions 68%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) Full-time: 78%* Full-time: 59%* Full-time: 83%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 18% (students began Fall 2011)* 16% (students began Fall 2014)* 58% (students began Fall 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

CUNY New York City College of Technology

New York City College of Technology is the state's largest public college of technology and serves more than 17,000 students yearly. City Tech's 53 degree programs combine specialized technological training with a core liberal arts and sciences education. Human services students can earn an associate's or a bachelor's degree at City Tech.

Associate in Applied Science in Human Services

This 60-credit program includes a two-part field work practicum, in which students gain real-world skills in client assessment, counseling and the development of treatment plans. The associate's degree program prepares students for careers in mental health and social work, including employment at group residences and with neighborhood outreach programs. Graduates may also continue studying at City Tech to earn bachelor's degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in human services at the New York City College of Technology acquire counseling, case management, grant-writing and fundraising skills to provide services for children, families, the elderly, the disabled and those suffering from addiction. Graduates of the college's program are prepared for careers in community agencies and social services programs and may pursue graduate work in counseling, mental and public health, social work, gerontology or criminal justice.

CUNY Bronx Community College

Bronx Community College is a 2-year public institution that has a student population of nearly 11,000. The school was founded in 1957 and grants certificates and associate's degrees. BCC graduates are prepared to go directly into the workforce or to go on to further study at a 4-year institution.

Associate in Applied Science in Human Services

Graduates of the A.A.S. program are prepared to go directly into the workforce in fields and settings like mental health, group residencies and neighborhood outreach organizations. Students will complete 60 credit hours of coursework and two field internships. Course offerings include abnormal psychology, life span development and human services skills and methods.

Associate in Arts in Human Services

The Associate of Arts option in human services is a liberal arts degree that prepares students for transfer to a 4-year university to obtain a bachelor's degree. The A.A. degree requires 60 credit hours of coursework. Course offerings cover topics like sociology and social welfare institutions.

St. John's University

St. John's University is a private 4-year institution that enrolls more than 20,000 students a year. The school offers a bachelor's in health and human services through its College of Professional Studies. The human services degree program provides students with an education in liberal arts and sciences, as well as allowing them to develop specialized client service and education skills.

Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services

Candidates pursuing the human services degree study social and behavioral sciences and acquire the skills in communication and ethics necessary to excel in counseling and client care positions. The program requires 120 credit hours of coursework, 45 of which are related to the major. In addition to coursework, students undertake an internship experience and learn to assess and counsel diverse clients to develop appropriate treatment plans and strategies. Tracks of study are offered in human services and health services administration.

Other School Options

Human services students in the New York City area may also wish to explore the programs offered by Touro College, located in the heart of downtown.

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