B.S. in Human Services (Online)

  • B.S.
  • Professional Studies
  • Online
  • Counseling & Psychology

Prepare to address social and public health challenges and to help others reach their full potential with an online Human Services bachelor's degree.

Program Details

  • Next Start Date:  June 28, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:  2.5–4 years
  • Credit Hours:  120
  • Course Length:  7 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:  $385

Why Study Human Services at Rivier?

Created for working individuals who are eager to make positive change, Rivier’s Bachelor’s in Human Services is delivered completely online so you can learn on the go as you prepare for the next step in your career.

Supported by industry-experienced educators, the online human services program provides the skills necessary to make informed decisions that are ethical and effective, so you can implement appropriate interventions in service delivery.

As a graduate of this bachelor’s degree program, you will be qualified to work with individuals who may have differences in their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, and limitations. Your advanced knowledge will help you create genuine and emphatic relationships with others so you can become a trusted voice in the community and a successful human services professional.

Addiction Studies Track

Choose the optional track in Addiction Studies if you have an interest in specializing in counseling and recovery services. Coursework for this track includes classes in substance use disorders treatment and rehabilitation.

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Rankings and Accolades

Rivier ranked #1 Online College in New Hampshire

Rivier University has been named the #1 online college in New Hampshire by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for higher education programs. 

What You’ll Learn

The online Bachelor’s in Human Services includes coursework in engaging topics such as general psychology, drugs and behavior, counseling theory, and more. In this degree program, you will:

  • Develop advanced decision-making capabilities and interpersonal skills.
  • Learn creative problem-solving skills.
  • Acquire strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator.

A Well-Rounded Human Services Curriculum

In the online B.S. in Human Services, you’ll study a comprehensive, career-based curriculum that’s led by faculty who are experts in their fields. You’ll complete 120 total credit hours to graduate in as little as 2.5 years with your bachelor’s degree. Coursework for this program consists of 40 courses including:

  • PSY 210 – Human Sexuality
  • PSY 250 – Psychological Disorders
  • PSY 402 – Counseling Theory and Practice
  • SW 201 – Social Work Methods

Launch a Rewarding Career in Human Services

A human services bachelor’s degree from Rivier opens the door to a host of exciting career opportunities. You’ll be prepared to pursue a range of well-paying roles, with professionals who hold a B.S. in Human Services earning $60,000 per year on average. Several careers in this field are also experiencing above-average job growth—for instance, openings for social and community service managers are expected to increase 9% through 2023.

Graduate Studies

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced study in human services, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, law, and other related fields.

Direct Pathway to Become a Licensed Counselor at Rivier

Rivier’s Alumni Advantage Program provides you the pathway to become a licensed counselor. We are offering B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Human Services graduates of Rivier an alumni scholarship that will cover the cost of your first graduate course in the Master of Clinical Mental Health or Master of Education in School Counseling online programs. The scholarship will support your educational journey to reach your career goals and provide the opportunity to complete your education at Rivier fully online and at your own pace with individualized attention and faculty support.

Dr. Elizabeth Harwood, Assistant Professor and Psychology Department Coordinator, was awarded the 2016 New Hampshire Excellence in Higher Education Award, recognizing her professional accomplishments and excellence in inspiring students to learn in the classroom. In addition to research and teaching, she serves on the Greater Nashua Substance Misuse Prevention Leadership Team and speaks on the science of addiction in many public forums.

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