School of Arts & Sciences

Human Services  Bachelor of Science

Help make positive change in individuals, families and communities with a Human Services degree from Cambridge College. Concentrations are available to help you customize your degree to your goals.

120 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024


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Human Services Degree Overview

The Human Services degree provides broad-based knowledge of individuals, families and communities, with historical and multicultural perspectives. The program is guided by systemic and holistic thinking — along with an appreciation of research and how it informs practice.

Graduates will be prepared to work effectively with people across a variety of settings using a unique strengths-based and culturally relevant approach. Our goal is to be an integral part of the change that needs to happen to create a more just and equitable society.

Bachelor's Degree in Human Services Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

As a Human Services major at Cambridge College, you’ll gain the skills needed to work with people in a way that preserves their dignity and builds on their strengths, empowering them to address their concerns and leading to better outcomes.

You’ll learn to identify and work with the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. You'll gain practical skills to assist people to make positive changes that will improve the quality of their lives while preparing for personal and professional growth.

You’ll also build a solid base for graduate studies in a wide variety of professional and academic fields, and become an effective agent of positive change.

Cambridge College's human services program offers:

  • Flexible, hybrid class options: Designed to meet the needs of working adults, courses are taught in a mix of on-campus, remote (Zoom) and online (asynchronous) class options. Scheduled classes have convenient day, evening and weekend options to meet the needs of working adults.
  • Convenient location: Attend in-person classes at our Boston campus which is a 5-minute walk from the Orange Line and offers free parking for students.
  • Hands-on learning: Field experiences will take your education beyond the classroom, giving you opportunities to provide counseling, advocacy, research and other services, and then document and reflect on your activities. The program also includes a research-intensive final capstone project.
  • Exceptional value: Rated one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, Cambridge College is dedicated to making quality education accessible.
  • Experienced faculty: Cambridge College faculty are experts in diverse areas of human services, and will work with you to help you find your passion and achieve your goals.
  • Diverse students. Work with other adult learners from around the world. Cambridge College welcomes more than 300 students from over 50 different countries and was recently ranked #7 for Most Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America by Best College Reviews.

"Faculty here make you feel like you mean something, like, ‘We’re not going to give up on you, we’ll keep working this out….’ The support here is definitely different than what I’m used to!"

Ba'Ran Lewis
BS Human Services Student, Class of 2023

Human Services Bachelor's Degree Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$502
Credits* 120 credits
Total Program Tuition $60,240

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Human Services Concentrations

Focus your Human Services degree program in an area that fits your personal and professional interests. We offer a wide selection of concentrations to meet your needs.

  1. Choose your program of study. Browse our Program Finder to find your program.
  2. Complete and sign the online application.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee ($100 for international students) by the term start date.
  4. Send official transcripts directly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts
  5. Fulfill any additional program-specific admissions requirements.
  6. Ensure you have internet access, and a fully functional laptop or desktop computer that can play audio and video and access Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint).

Note: Your admission file must be complete and accepted before your financial aid may be awarded, before your transfer credit may be evaluated, and before you may register for classes.

Cambridge College undergraduate admission also requires at least one of the following:

  • Original high school transcript showing graduation or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET certificate
  • Or an affidavit confirming high school program completion in a state-approved homeschool setting.
  • Or, if not required by state law, proof of high school education in a homeschool setting meeting state attendance exemptions
  • Or enrollment in an eligible career pathway program
  • Or proof of passing scores on an approved ability-to-benefit test (such as the Accuplacer Test administered by Cambridge College)
  • Or nine credit hours of Cambridge College course work, applicable toward an undergraduate degree or certificate, completed with grades of B or better. (Non-matriculated students may not receive aid while earning credits.)
  • Or 24 or more credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Note: Official college transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit. Courses not included in an earned associate degree must be earned at a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer.

Human Services Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social and human services industry is expected to grow 9 percent over the next decade.

Our graduates have gone on to work and lead in a variety of settings, including:

  • Adolescent residential programs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community health centers
  • Prevention and in-treatment programs
  • After-school programs
  • Criminal justice programs

Graduates of the bachelor’s program are also well positioned to enter graduate studies in human services, psychology, counseling, social work and related fields.


Projected employment growth for social and human service assistants from 2022-2032*


Number of openings for social and human service assistants projected each year over the next decade*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Human Service Assistants, (visited November 10, 2023).

What Can You Do with a Human Services Degree?

Health and human services is a vast field that focuses on helping people and communities. It encompasses a wide range of professions and combines aspects of social work, psychology and criminal justice studies.

Health and human services professionals often work in administrative settings, organizing efforts that serve individuals, families and communities. Jobs that fall under the larger umbrella of human services include:

  • Social workers
  • Family therapists
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Disaster relief workers