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Community services programs prepare people to connect individuals with health care and social services.

Community services programs prepare people to plan, manage, or implement service programs. Students learn to make referrals to services. They also learn laws and policies.

Community services programs include topics such as:


In community services programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several community colleges offer associate degree programs in community services. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in community services. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Programs may be in sociology, psychology, public health, or social work departments.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in community services. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Fieldwork and internships that deal with social problems are often required. You can work for a community group, social welfare agency, probation office, nonprofit association, or private organization for a term.

Things to Know

Many people with a bachelor's degree in community services go on to graduate school in social work, law, or counseling.

Some human services programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Cascadia College

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Falls Community College

Whitworth University

Tacoma Area

Central Washington University - Pierce County

Clover Park Technical College

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College

Northwest Indian College

Whatcom Community College