dcsimg
HomeA-Z Program Guide → Top Online Human Services Schools

Top Online Human Services Schools

Human Services

Top Online Human Services SchoolsHuman service workers, commonly known in the U.S. as social workers, are responsible for identifying people and assisting those in need of help as a result of an illness, disability or abuse. Human services workers assess the needs of clients and develop plans to improve their well-being. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many social workers spend their time in offices, but some may be required to travel to see their clients and that the work they perform may be stressful (BLS.gov, 2012). The BLS also notes that a bachelor’s degree is required for many social worker positions and that some may require a graduate degree. Degrees in related areas, such as psychology or sociology, may also be accepted for employment; however, many require a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). Health care service workers are required to be licensed and obtain a master’s degree in social work, or an MSW (BLS.gov, 2012). The Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) provides information on each state’s licensing requirements.

The ASWB also notes that, with a few exceptions, licensure is only available to those who have earned a BSW or MSW. And while there are some accredited online programs which offer a BSW or higher, unless the program has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the degree will not count toward the ASWB’s licensure requirements, preventing employment as a social worker in any of the health care industries.

Top Online Human Services Schools

U.S. News & World Report has compiled a list of the top social work programs in 2012. Rankings are based solely on peer-assessment surveys results, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in social work. According to U.S. News & World Report's 2012 rankings, the following schools have the top five undergraduate social work programs:

1.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1.  Washington University in St. Louis
3.  University of Chicago
3.  University of Washington
5.  Columbia University

Human Services Careers

According to the BLS, the primary careers for graduates of a social work program include child, family and school social workers; health-care social workers; and mental health and substance abuse social workers According to the BLS, employment of child, family and school social workers is expected to grow by up to 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, employment of health-care social workers is expected to grow by 34 percent, and employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to grow by 31 percent (BLS). Social workers earned a national median annual wage of $54,220 in 2011 (BLS).

In 2011, the BLS notes, social workers were widely employed in the following industries:

  • Local government
  • Federal executive branch
  • State government
  • Individual and family services
  • General medical and surgical hospitals

Learn more about accredited human services programs from schools and colleges through SchoolsGalore.com

Colleges and universities should be accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) or by another accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (or both). DETC and CHEA both provide a searchable list of approved schools.

The Council on Social Work Education, a national accreditation body, has accredited 701 social work bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. They provide a searchable list of accredited social work degree programs in the U.S. For students in Canada, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education also provides a list of accredited Canadian schools which provide social work degree programs.

Sources and further reading:

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

U.S. Department of Education

Distance Education and Training Council

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

O*NET Online

Council on Social Work Education

Canadian Association for Social Work Education

Association of Social Work Boards

U.S. New & World Report

Online Human Services Schools

    Searching Searching ...

    Matching School Ads
    • Your Accredited Degree from a TOP College Awaits! - Education Connection
    • Education Connection is a 100% Free College Matching Service used by 50,000 People Daily.
    • Affordable and Flexible Business Degree Programs from Top Colleges Across the Nation. Both Online And Campus!
    • Just Fill Out a Few Questions and You Can Find Your Perfect Business Degree Program Within Minutes.
    • Start Using our Fast, Free, and Easy Matching Service Right HERE and Right NOW!
    • Online Courses
    • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
    • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
    • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
    • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
    • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
    • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
    • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
    • Part of the Colorado State University System.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
    • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
    • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
    • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
    • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
    • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
    • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
    • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
    • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
    • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
    • Colangelo College of Business: Features more than 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree.
    • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions: Rich 25-year history providing outstanding health care and nursing degree programs, including an RN to BSN program & master's in nursing degrees.
    • College of Education: Whether you are looking to start or advance your career as a teacher or administrator, GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas.
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Provides a job focused education and features a variety of programs from counseling and psychology to justice studies, history and English literature.
    • Does something else interest you? GCU also offers programs in Doctoral Studies; Theology; Science, Engineering & Technology; and Fine Arts & Production. Speak with an enrollment counselor today!
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Good for Working Adults
    • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
    • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
    • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
    • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities.
    • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content.
    • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits