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

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Program at a Glance
  • Coursework fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the HS-BCPTM exam.
  • Gain real-world experience through an optional internship while you earn your human services degree in youth/family services and administration.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
  • Eligible for the Tuition Cap, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education.


COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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

Employment of social and community service managers in the U.S. is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2016 and 2026.* Purdue Global’s online human services degree can prepare you to join a growing field.

The bachelor's degree in human services blends theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to explore the public and private policies that drive the day-to-day operations of human service agencies and how they can best intervene on behalf of the clients served.

Curriculum draws from multiple disciplines, including human services, developmental psychology, sociology, law, and criminal justice, and is focused on preparing you to:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of social service programs or a community outreach organization.
  • Oversee the program's 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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

Know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll and save 33% off the total cost of your tuition.

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Member of CSHSE

This 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.

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

Bachelor's Degree in Human Services Career Options

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Service Orientation
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Active Listening
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement or career advancement. 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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Prepare for Certification

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.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your online human services degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

Comprehensive Capstone

The program culminates with an original capstone project that demonstrates your ability to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios.

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

Sample Courses
  • Prevention and Crisis Intervention
  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Child Welfare and Family
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits100
  • Elective Credits47
  • Total Credits180

Ways to Save

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  • Prior Work Experience

    Leverage Your Skills to Earn Your Degree Faster

    Discover pathways to earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Transfer Credits

    Finish What You Started

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

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  • Grants

    Determine Your Eligibility for Federal Grants

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  • Prior Military Experience

    Graduate Sooner With Your Military Experience

    We offer college-level credit for ACE-evaluated military training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

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Tuition Cap

$45,000maximum cost of attendance
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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.

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.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
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Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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*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.

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.