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2023 Most Affordable Online Human Services Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 12/16/2022
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An online bachelor's degree in human services can prepare students for a career working with clients and families to support growth, development, and well-being in healthy communities. Human services majors often go on to careers working with vulnerable populations in social work and services, drug and alcohol counseling, behavioral counseling, and client advocacy. Our list of the most affordable online human services degrees can help students launch their careers while also saving money on their degrees.

At OnlineU, we only show accredited online colleges so students can find respected degrees that fit into their schedules and budgets. We manually gather tuition for each program to make it easy to compare different online degrees. For more information about how we rank schools, see our methodology or learn more about us. Students can also use our list of the most affordable online degrees to compare other education options.

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Rank School Locations Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens (OH) $3,645
# 2 #2 Great Basin College Elko (NV) $4,935
# 3 #3 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg (KY) $5,970
# 4 #4 Fort Hays State University Hays (KS) $6,806
# 5 #5 Minot State University Minot (ND) $6,892
# 6 #6 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville (FL) $7,263
# 7 #7 Ohio University - Zanesville Campus Zanesville (OH) $7,290
# 8 #8 SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Alfred (NY) $8,480
# 9 #9 Southern New Hampshire University Online Manchester (NH) $9,600
# 10 #10 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta (ME) $9,862
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $3,645
Annual Tuition: $3,645
Annual Tuition: $3,645

Ohio University is a public four-year school with an online Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences in Human Services. The bachelor's degree is designed to teach students core skills in problem analysis, strategic intervention, communication, and interpersonal relationships necessary for a successful career in human services. Students will need to complete 120 credits in areas such as ethics, stress management, group dynamics, and diversity to graduate. After this program, students might pursue career paths in areas such as family services, foster care, refugee work, food relief, or advocacy. Online classes at Ohio University typically use Blackboard, an online learning management system (LMS) where students can access class materials and complete assignments. According to data from College Scorecard, Ohio University has an 87% acceptance rate, and 65% of students finish their degrees within eight years.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,926
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,892
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,935
Annual Tuition: $4,935
Annual Tuition: $4,935

The online Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services at Great Basin College prepares students to work in human services, substance use disorder, and addiction recovery and counseling services. The program teaches students how to help clients navigate various challenges with an understanding of the different social, emotional, psychological, cultural, and physical needs clients, families, and communities may have. Students will take 125 credits in subjects such as addiction treatment, prevention strategies, behavioral analysis, mental health assessment, and public advocacy. After graduation, students may pursue careers in addiction and substance use disorder counseling, social services, or behavioral and mental health. Great Basin College is a public school with a 100% acceptance rate and a 23% graduation rate within eight years.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
#3
#3

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970
Annual Tuition: $5,970

University of the Cumberlands, a private Christian school, offers two online bachelor's degrees in human services requiring 120 credits. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services and Bachelor of Science in Human Services both prepare students to work in social services with an understanding of social issues, human behavior, ethics, and human needs. Students take classes in research methods, case management, diversity and ethics, group dynamics, and counseling skills. Students are also required to complete an internship for the Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in social and human services, community services, drug and alcohol treatment, psychology, rehabilitation, client advocacy, and social work. College Scorecard data shows the University of the Cumberlands has an 81% acceptance rate, and 60% of students graduate within eight years.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,640
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,852
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $6,806
Annual Tuition: $6,806
Annual Tuition: $6,806

Public four-year school Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers an online Bachelor of General Studies - Human Services, requiring 120 credits to graduate. Students complete core courses in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics and then choose 21 credits in sociology courses based on personal and professional interests. Sample sociology courses include Community Theory and Development, Sociology of Aging, Rural and Urban Sociology, and Social Inequality. These courses will give students a deeper understanding of various social issues, interpersonal communication and relationships, and socioeconomic factors that impact the health and well-being of communities. Online students at FHSU can access class materials and complete assignments through Blackboard, the university's LMS. FHSU has a 91% acceptance rate, and 57% of students graduate within eight years, according to data from College Scorecard.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,892
Annual Tuition: $6,892
Annual Tuition: $6,892

Minot State University (MSU) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities designed to prepare students for a career as Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals. Students will learn how to support clients in developing decision-making skills, reaching personal goals, and learning self-advocacy. They will also build effective communication skills for working with clients and families and learn assessment strategies. Core classes include Promoting Inclusive Opportunities, Dual Diagnoses: ID and Mental Health Disorders, and Assisting People with Traumatic Brain Injury. The degree requires 120 credits to graduate. MSU is a public four-year university with a 43% graduation rate and a 77% acceptance rate.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 374
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 178
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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