Online Associate’s Degree in Human Services

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
2 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Associate’s in Human Services Overview

Come back stronger, ready to meet the needs of society’s most vulnerable members. Earn your human services degree and move your career forward.

  • Learn to critically evaluate policies driving human service agencies, and decide the best ways to intervene on behalf of the clients you serve.
  • Launch or advance your career in mental health services, social services, education, rehabilitation, group and community work, and workplaces such as nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics.
  • Fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the HS-BCP™ exam.
  • Get a head start on your next degree — you can apply your associate’s credits toward a future Purdue Global bachelor’s.
  • Program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and adheres to their curriculum standards.

Gain Skills That Employers — and Clients — Need

  • Understand human-services basics, including theory, best practices, and trends.
  • Learn to identify and manage client interventions and delivery of services.
  • Uphold professional, ethical, and legal values, standards, and practices.
  • Provide services to help in-need individuals in the community.
  • Examine the importance of individuality, diversity, and global perspectives in the delivery of human services.
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Practical Learning. Real Opportunities.

Apply your classroom knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios through a final hands-on capstone project. Put your learning to work and show what you know.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

The AAS in Human Services prepares you to meet complex twenty-first century challenges in human services, drawing from a number of areas, including health services, psychology, sociology, law, and criminal justice.

Sample Courses

  • Human Services Program and Profession
  • Human Behavior and the Environment
  • Survey of Social Problems
  • Applied Skills for Human Services
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Major Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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Prepare for Certification

Courses fulfill the requirements to sit for the Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) exam. (You must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn this credential.)

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor's

Transfer your associate’s degree in human services credits into Purdue Global’s online bachelor’s in human services.

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Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

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Career Opportunities

With your associate’s in human services, you’ll be prepared to pursue a number of careers within the field, or in a related one. Potential job titles include community and social service specialist, adult services worker, and family support worker.

Potential employers include:

  • Department of human services and social services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Department of children and families
  • Public welfare services

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Advanced skills and educational requirements may be a factor when you are considered for placement, promotion, or advancement.

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Download our brochure to learn more about our human services programs and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with an associate's degree in human services.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Human Services Programs Licensure: The coursework in this program fulfills the academic requirements to sit for the exam to become a Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). Please note that you must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. This program was not designed to lead to certification or licensure as a social worker or counselor in any specific state, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.