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Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/ Family Services and Administration

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The curriculum blends theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to critically explore the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of human service administration agencies and how they can best intervene on behalf of the clients they serve.

The coursework in this program fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCPTM) exam offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education. Please note that you must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential.*  

The program is designed to help you:

  •  Apply critical thinking to real-world situations 
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical bases, best practices, and historical and current trends related to the human services profession 
  •  Identify, plan, and utilize resources to improve client situations 
  •  Behave professionally, ethically, and legally in the workplace 
  •  Utilize information and systems to appropriately manage and deliver human services 
  •  Understand the importance of culture, gender, diversity, and global perspectives when working with clients 
  •  Work with diverse funding sources, influence policy, and intervene on behalf of those in need.  

Students also have the option of completing an internship.

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The program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and adheres to the curriculum standards set forth by the CSHSE; however, it is not accredited by this agency.  

Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration Program Highlights

Making a difference in the lives of those who are unable to help themselves can be a fulfilling career―one that can impact your community and society in a positive way. Our online Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration program teaches you how to assess client needs, identify community resources, problem solve, and advocate for your clients. It addition, you will also learn how to:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of social service programs or a community outreach organization
  • Oversee the programs or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, including program requirements and benefits
  • Collaborate with or direct the work of case workers, social service workers, or probation officers
  • Provide interventions and develop intervention strategies

Professors are skilled and many are licensed human services professionals who bring real-world expertise to the courses they teach.

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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program. 

Note: transfer credit maximums apply; ask an Admissions Advisor for details.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Tuition Cap Transfer Credit Maximums: Enrollees in Tuition Cap programs who transfer in more than 35 or 70 credits for the associate’s or bachelor’s programs, respectively, are not enrolled under Tuition Cap and will not be charged the $200 per-term Administration Fee. If they are required to repeat courses, take additional courses due to prerequisite requirements, take course assessments, or take fewer than two courses per term, they may exceed the $22,500 or $45,000 total for the associate’s or bachelor’s, respectively, Tuition Cap program of study.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects community and social service occupations will grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advanced skills and educational requirements may be a factor when considering an individual for placement, promotion, or advancement within the human services field.§

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration at Purdue Global can help prepare you for diverse career opportunities in the human services field or related fields, such as:

  •  Adoption Services Manager 
  •  Case Manager 
  •  Children's Service Supervisor 
  •  Community Outreach Worker  
  •  Community Services Manager 
  •  Child Protective Specialist 
  •  Children’s Service Supervisor 
  •  Child Welfare Services Coordinator or Manager 
  •  Director of Social Services 
  •  Family Support Worker or Specialist 
  •  Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Services Coordinator 
  •  Program Director/Manager/Coordinator 
  •  Social Services Director/Manager 
  •  Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator 

Note: 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.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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December 04, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

A variety of courses from multiple disciplines, including human services, criminal justice, and social services administration, provide students with a well-rounded perspective to better assess and address the needs of clients. Courses include:

  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Child Welfare and Family
  • Advocacy for Families and Youth
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits100
  • Elective Credits47
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

The Center for Credentialing & Education can be contacted at: 3 Terrace Way, Greensboro, NC 27403-3660; Tel: 336.482.2856;

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Community and Social Service Occupations, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

§Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

#Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.