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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Human Services

Whether you have years of experience in human services or are just starting your career, the UWW Degree Completion Program will help you finish your bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies online with a focus in human services.  

You can tailor your degree with courses in child development, adult development, substance abuse services, child psychology, abnormal psychology, family systems, intellectual disabilities, social work, domestic violence, sociology of mental health, juvenile justice, public policy issues, financial management, program evaluation and more. 

Program Benefits 

  • You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended and on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule. 
  • Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money. 
  • Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized degree concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in health to study health and human services, to focusing on online business courses to learn about human services administration. 
  • Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more through our affiliation with Mass General Brigham.

Your Future in Human Services 

With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in human services, you will advance your career in high-demand human services and social services jobs in human services administration, child and youth services, child protective service, victim advocacy, social work, disability services, family support, elder care, counseling, mental health, and substance abuse. 

We are not a social work, counseling, or psychology licensure program. If you are seeking any type of licensure, our staff member Jesse Lederman is happy to help you identify the state board or agency you will need to contact to determine if our program meets your state’s requirements.

Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses

You will take courses taught by distinguished instructors from the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the UMass Isenberg School of Management, the UMass College of Education, the departments of Psychology and Sociology, and more.

To give you an idea of the types of online human services and related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.