Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Adult education degrees for transforming careers and communities

Earn Your Degree in Human Services in as Little as 16 Months

The Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree at its main campus and six regional campuses. Students have the option to complete their studies with or without a concentration. With classes held on weekends, online, and evenings (in Milwaukee and Wilmington, and soon in St. Johnsbury), this program is convenient for working professionals.

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has designed its bachelor's programs to meet the academic and social needs of adults and other nontraditional students. Classes usually meet two weekends each month, or once per week, which is more convenient for busy adults. An online learning component is part of all on-ground courses, providing opportunity for ongoing discussions when it is most convenient for you. Some online class options are available and required, filling out a student's schedule. This dynamic schedule holds a student's interest, and increases their value to employers.

This schedule makes it possible to continue working and still have time to care for your family and other social responsibilities. 

Class sizes are small, so you will actively participate in class discussions and the learning process. You will be graded based on group discussions, writing projects, and oral presentations. Students typically finish the program in 16 to 24 months, though it may take longer for some students. Students transferring in undergraduate credits and earning credits for what they've already learned through work and life experiences can often finish in 16 months. A minimum of 48 credits must be earned through courses taken in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies to earn a degree from Springfield College.

Terms begin in the fall (September), spring (January), or summer (May). You can begin your program at the start of any of the three terms.

Human services is a broad field spanning professions in the non-profit and public sectors in such areas as:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment
  • Elder care, group homes, and human services work
  • Social and welfare reform and advocacy
  • Youth work and earn childhood development
  • Law enforcement, corrections, and probation
  • Nonprofit and public management
  • Life skills and mental health counseling

The School Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services that enables the student to:

  • Build leadership skills to serve the community
  • Develop critical thinking and social analysis skills
  • Learn about the history and future of human services, and integrate theory and practice in classroom, workplace, and community


Students may focus on a content area, or complete the program without a concentration. Concentrations vary by campus. 

  • Addiction Studies
  • Community Youth Development and Leadership
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education

Springfield College is a private, nonprofit institution, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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