BS in Human Services

Transform your passion into impact. Our BS in Human Services program will empower you to guide individuals, families, and the community toward better lives.

You’re driven by your compassion for others. Turn that talent into career-ready knowledge and skills that will position you to excel in a variety of fulfilling direct-service or entry-level leadership roles. When you choose Walden’s BS in Human Services program, you will:

  • Prepare confidently for today’s human services field: Courses reflect rigorous professional standards defined by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
  • Tailor your learning to your desired human services career: Six concentrations allow you to focus on your personal interests and professional goals.
  • Get a head start on your master’s degree: Our Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) program allows you to select graduate-level courses that you may apply toward a future MS in Human Services.

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Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 135 credits

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What causes addictive behavior—and who’s most at risk? Learn to understand and identify it, while exploring effective prevention strategies. This specialization is particularly suited for students interested in becoming addiction counselors.
Through a theoretical lens, examine contemporary influences on the biological and behavioral maturation of this age group, from (cyber)bullying to substance abuse.
Study contemporary justice systems to understand how they affect both criminal offenders and victims of crime.
Explore theories and principles of leadership development, and analyze the ethical considerations facing today’s public, private, and nonprofit leaders.
Examine the physical, mental, and environmental causes that can affect behavior. Evaluate the latest research methods used to study human behavior.
Interested in more than one area of focus? Seeking to build broad-based knowledge in the field? Choose courses from among six concentrations to fulfill your curiosity and goals.


This bachelor’s program is eligible for Walden’s Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) option, which allows you to earn credit toward a master’s degree while completing your undergraduate studies.

Discover how it works and learn more about eligibility requirements.

More about our BS in Human Sevices program

Walden's BS in Human Services degree can help prepare you for such careers as:*

  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Family services specialist
  • Residential counselor
  • Mental health technician
  • Director of social services
  • Coordinator
*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program

Adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent will be considered for admission. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are under 21 years of age with 12 quarter credit hours.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
  • You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
See more information for international applicants.
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HLC Accreditation Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,

Why earn your BS in Human Services at Walden?

“My faculty members challenged me to see my purpose as a change agent through a totally different lens. They helped me focus on the needs of my clients, hearing their voices, and understanding their culture and economic struggles.”

Barry Woods Jr. | MS in Human Services Graduate

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the BS in Human Services program: New Mexico and Wisconsin.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,