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Human services programs prepare people to work for organizations that serve people in need.

In human services programs, students study human behavior and problems. Students learn the theories, principles, and practice of providing human services. They also learn how to counsel and refer clients to related services.

Human services programs include topics such as:


In human services, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in human services. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete and prepares people to work as human services assistants.

Many college and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in human services. These programs are often in sociology, psychology, public health, or social work departments. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate programs in human 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. Most people with graduate degrees in human services become supervisors or administrators.

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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:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

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, or nonprofit association for a term.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

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


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

City University of Seattle

Columbia College - Naval Station Everett/Marysville

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Northeastern University - Seattle

Seattle Central College

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Bremerton

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Whitworth University

Tacoma Area

Central Washington University - Pierce County

Clover Park Technical College

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Columbia College - Whidbey Island

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College

Northwest Indian College

Skagit Valley College

Western Washington University