Earn Your Bachelor’s in Human Services Online With Simmons University


Systemic inequities — in housing, employment, education, and more — continue to affect individuals and communities across the country. That’s why we need professionals who can offer information, resources, and advocacy to help people overcome these challenges. Our online Bachelor of Science in Human Services program prepares you to take on these responsibilities in the communities that matter most to you.

As a student in the program,youwill learn theory and gain the foundational skills needed to practice in this field —without having to fulfill any clinical requirements. The curriculum covers several specialties within the human services field, allowing you to gain widely transferable skills that can be applied in various helping professions and settings. You will graduate prepared to assess client needs, identify community resources, and act as an advocate in your community. 

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Apply to the Online Bachelor’s in Human Services 

Complete your BS in Human Services and gain the skills you need to take your career to the next level. Apply to join our next class of driven women who want a holistic learning experience. To join the program, you are required to have at least 17+ prior college credits.

Application Requirements

Our application process is intentionally personal and holistic. We want to get to know you as an individual, and learn about your past academic endeavors and your future potential.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Our online bachelor’s degree programs are designed to break down barriers and make a high-quality undergraduate education accessible for the next generation of women leaders.

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 The Human Services Online Curriculum

128 credits needed to graduate

Up to 96 transfer credits accepted

The online human services program curriculum includes core courses in areas such as social welfare policy, social work practice, and human behavior. In alignment with Simmons’ social justice values, you will learn to view each client holistically — so you can consider their individual experiences, domestic life, communities, and the inequitable systems affecting them.

The interdisciplinary curriculum combines social work, sociology, and human services pedagogies for a comprehensive learning experience. Featured courses include:

  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (SW 101)
  • Social Welfare Policy (SW 200)
  • Inequalities (SOCI 249)
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SW 253)
  • Interviewing and Documentation in Human Services (SW 255)

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge: You will end the program with a capstone project that will be based on the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Challenge. This challenge will inspire you to center antiracism and humanity in human services practice, so you can serve your community with social justice and equity in mind. 

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The Simmons Online Experience

Our immersive and engaging digital campus was developed based on years of research into effective online teaching and learning. Here, you will work closely with Simmons faculty mentors, collaborate with bright and motivated peers, and grow your understanding of the human services field through interactive coursework.

As a Simmons online student, you will have access to many of the same types of opportunities as our on-campus students: online community groups, group learning experiences, and real-time discussion sessions with faculty and peers. You will also benefit from our virtual career center, where dedicated staff will help you develop career goals, search for jobs, finetune your resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, and learn to confidently negotiate salary.

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Where Can an Online Human Services Degree Take You?

Our online human services program will prepare you to help diverse populations — such as children, older people, veterans, immigrants, and people living with substance use issues — overcome adversity in their personal, domestic, professional, and communal lives. The generalist nature of the curriculum will enable you to apply your skills in various settings within the field, such as hospitals, schools, mental health centers, group homes, shelters, and health clinics.

Common roles that human services degree holders assume include1:

  • Case worker or case manager
  • Youth worker or child advocate
  • Family support worker
  • Mental health aide
  • Probation officer
  • Counselor (substance use, mental health, etc.)
  • Community organizer
  • Group home worker
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Social and human service assistant
  • Job coach

An online human services degree can take you wherever you feel called to serve — and Simmons is prepared to guide you there. 

Ready to complete your human services degree online with Simmons?

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1Note that some of these roles may also require licensure in your state.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference