B.S. in Human Services (Online)

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

Why Study Human Services at Rivier?

Created for working individuals who are eager to make positive change, Rivier’s B.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 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.


In this 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

As a graduate of this program, you will be able 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.

Flexible Format

  • Next Start Date: October 23, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2.5–4 years
  • Credit Hours: 120
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

Substance Use Disorders Track

Choose the optional track in Substance Use Disorders 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.

It is an amazing feeling to help people get their lives back on track—many are just a paycheck or major illness away from poverty. Learn to marshal the human services necessary to meet individuals' and families’ basic needs.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Graduates will be workforce-ready and well-positioned for success in the job market.

Careers

  • Social and Community Services Managers
  • Child Protective Services Coordinators
  • Disabilities Support Services Coordinators
  • Grant Writers
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Disaster Relief Workers
  • Veterans’ Services Program Coordinators

Graduate Studies

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

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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Degree Requirements

Graduates of our Human Services program are prepared to enter the workforce with the skills needed for success and to pursue advanced study.

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