2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Human Services Degrees

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All of the schools below offer fully online human services degrees for less than $13,000. 19 out of these 25 schools offer annual tuition under $10,000. Our #1 school, Chadron State College offers a Master of Organizational Management in Human Services for just $4,920. Other schools on this list offer online human services degrees at multiple degree levels, such as Columbia Southern University.

All schools on this list were required to offer an online human services degree at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Human Services Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $4,920 Human Services Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 City Vision University Annual Tuition $6,000 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#3 #3 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,300 Human Services Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,368 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $7,548 Human Services Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $7,592 Human Services Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $7,660 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#8 #8 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,762 Human Services Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $8,100 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#10 #10 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,250 Human Services Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#11 #11 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#12 #12 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,400 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $8,519 Human Services Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#14 #14 Drury University Annual Tuition $8,970 Human Services Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#14 #14 Utah State University Annual Tuition $8,970 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $9,450 Human Services Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Granite State College Annual Tuition $9,750 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Shorter University Annual Tuition $9,750 Human Services Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#20 #20 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,350 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $10,500 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 Amridge University Annual Tuition $10,725 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#23 #23 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Annual Tuition $10,800 Human Services Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#24 #24 Capella University Annual Tuition $12,096 Human Services Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#25 #25 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Human Services Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Chadron State College offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Organizational Management with a focus in Human Services. The course of study prepares students for careers in both private and public sector settings. The 36-credit M.S. program offers students thesis and non-thesis avenues to satisfy the degree requirements. Students can expand their knowledge of organizational management as it relates to human services by taking classes such as Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Human Capital Management, and Legal and Social Environment of Business.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Students who want careers as addiction counselors can enroll in City Vision University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Addiction Studies program. The university also offers a 30-credit Certificate in Addiction Studies to students who hold at least an associate degree. Students expand their knowledge in the subject area by taking classes such as Case Management, Recovery Dynamics, and Mental Illness and Addiction. B.S. and Certificate in Addiction Studies program graduates will have taken many of the courses required for state certification upon program completion. Both courses of study are approved by the Association of Professional Addiction Counselors.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Columbia Southern University offers online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates, in human services. The university’s Associate of Science (A.S.) in Fire Science lays the foundation for careers in fire departments, with courses on fire safety, prevention, and emergency services. Human services professionals and first-time undergraduates can enroll in CSU’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program and major in subjects such as Fire Administration, Occupational Safety and Health, and Emergency Medical Services Administration. Graduate students can enroll in the Master of Science (M.S.) program and choose concentrations such as Emergency Services Management and Occupational Safety and Health. Columbia Southern University also offers certificate programs in a wide range of human services fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP

Students investigating careers in human services can enroll in University of the Cumberlands’ Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services program. The course of study introduces students to concepts that impact decision-making such as social welfare policy, research methods, and behavioral theory. The university engages students by offering classes on subjects such as Addiction and Recovery, Social Psychology, Death and Dying, and Ethics in Human Services, to name a few.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,548
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Wilmington University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Administration of Human Services. Students on the accelerated track can complete the 33-credit program in as few as 12 months. In addition to engaging classes on topics such as legal and ethical issues, human services organization management, and public policy, students participate in a semester-long practicum to prepare them for jobs in the real world.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,592
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Fort Hays State University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling online, as well as certificates with concentrations like community Development, life stages and transitions, and victim advocacy. Students enrolled in the master’s program can choose concentrations in school counseling or community counseling, and take classes on subjects such as human development, ethics, and cultural foundations. The program also requires internships to give students hands-on experiences before graduation. The university’s certificate programs require nine or 12 credits of study, depending on the certificate.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Brigham Young University-Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marriage and Family Studies. The program lays the foundation for students interested in human services careers. Students gain knowledge that prepares them for real-world application through classes on subjects such as psychology, and family and child concerns. The university also has a Home and Family Studies Certificate. Enrolled students pay under $8,000 in tuition costs per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,762
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and CACREP

South Dakota State University’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Sciences offers a specialization in Family and Community Services. The 36-credit program gives new graduate students and professionals the background needed to prepare for human services careers through courses such as Family Resiliency, Crises Across the Lifespan, and Family Resource Management. Students learn effective methods for delivering services and managing public and nonprofit entities.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP

Liberty University Online offers a broad range of degrees and certificates that fall under the human services umbrella. Students can choose bachelor’s, master’s, or certificates in areas such as counseling, social work, and public administration. Both undergraduates and graduate students can enhance their majors and specializations with certificates in human services areas such as public administration, Christian leadership and ministry, and counseling.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Columbia College offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Human Services for just over $8,000 a year in tuition costs. The A.S. program requires general education and specialized human services courses that introduce students to the field. Students enrolled in Columbia College’s B.A. in Human Services program typically have professional experience in the field and build on their knowledge with classes such as Working with Families, Case Management, Military Case Work, and Child Welfare.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

American Public University System offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Human Development and Family Studies. The program is approved by the Council for Professional Recognition and focuses on human development, families, community, and culture. As part of the program, students have the option to prepare for Early Childhood Care and Education, and Certified Family Life Educator credentialing exams.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP

Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Addiction Studies and in Unified Public Safety Administration. Addiction Studies students prepare for future careers in the field by taking classes such as Dynamics of Group Counseling, Family Dynamics, and Co-Occurring Disorders. United Public Safety Administration students can choose from three concentration areas: Law Enforcement Administration, Fire and Emergency Medical Service Administration, and Emergency Management Administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,519
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

University of Illinois-Springfield offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services with a concentration in Social Services Administration. Students learn the ins and outs of launching and running social services agencies by taking classes such as Staff Development and Supervision, Grant Writing in Human Services, and Introduction to Nonprofit Management. The university also offers an undergraduate Certificate in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) approved by the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University, and a 20-credit graduate-level Certificate in Community Health Education.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Drury University offers online associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in human services starting at less than $9,000 per year in tuition costs. The university’s Associate of Science (A.S.) program in Emergency Management prepares students for entry level careers in that field. Students can increase their knowledge of human services by enrolling in Drury’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program and majoring in Human Services, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement or Public Administration. Drury’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Services emphasizes specialized topics such as educational psychology and research.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Utah State University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Family Life Studies. Coursework focuses on the connection between economics, consumer issues, human development, and family life. Course offerings include Family Finance, Family and Social Policy, and Adult Development and Aging.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Graduate students can advance their careers by enrolling in Bellevue University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services program for less than $10,000 in tuition costs annually. The 36-credit program emphasizes administration of nonprofit organizations. Coursework includes topics such as Sustainable Funding, Community Engagement, and Ethics for Human Services. Students get hands-on experience through the completion of a capstone project and internship.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEAS CIHE

Southern New Hampshire University Online offers several bachelor's and master’s degree programs for students pursuing human services careers. Students can enroll in the university’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program and major in areas such as Psychology, Public Administration, and Criminal Justice. Graduate students can earn master’s degrees in human service areas such as Justice Studies, Emergency Management, and Public Administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEAS CIHE

Granite State College offers an online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services for under $10,000 per year in tuition costs. Students prepare for private and public sector careers by taking classes such as Social Stratification and Inequality, Psychology, Sociology, and Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services. The program has capstone and internship requirements, which allow students to get hands-on experience. Additional human service-related degree offerings include a B.S. in Public Service Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Students interested in human behavior and develop can enroll in Shorter University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services program. The program emphasizes ethics and responsibility in human services organizations. Students complete a fieldwork requirement, which provides the experience needed to seek employment after graduation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP

Old Dominion University has online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in human services and offers majors in Human Services, and Health Sciences with a Human Services minor. Human services students take classes such as Diversity Issues in Human Services, Program Development, and Psycho-educational Groups. Students also complete an internship to satisfy the degree requirements. The Health Sciences program with a Human Services minor typically attracts students working in the healthcare field, who are looking to expand their knowledge and experience to advance their careers.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Colorado State University offers online bachelor's and master's degrees of interest to students seeking careers in human services for $10,725 annually. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services engages students with courses such as Working in Modern Society, Race, Gender, Ethnic Relations in the United States, and Crisis Intervention. CSU also offers a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduate students earning their master’s degrees take classes such as Criminological Theory, Ethics, Justice, and Social Control, and Criminal Justice Policy Development and Analysis, and complete a capstone project to graduate.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Amridge University offers both bachelor's and master's programs to help students prepare for and advance in careers in the human services field. Students enrolled in the online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the Human Development program take courses such as Psychology in Life, Theories of Personality and Motivation, and Thinking About Race, Class and Gender. Graduate students can enroll in the university’s online Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Services program to get a deeper understanding in topics like marriage and family therapy, and counseling.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and CACREP

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services Leadership that prepares students to work in nonprofit and government institutions. The university also offers a Bachelor of Applied Studies (B.A.S.) in Fire and Emergency Response Management, and a Fire and Emergency Leadership Certificate. Tuition is affordable, costing just over $10,000 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,096
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and CACREP

Capella University offers several master's and doctorate degree programs for students advancing their human services careers. The university engages students in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Services program with a multidisciplinary curriculum, covering topics such as public safety, healthcare, and public administration. Capella also offers human service-related master's degrees in Addiction Studies, Emergency Management, and Social Work. Doctoral program offerings include Addiction Psychology, Social and Community Services, and Counselor Education and Supervision.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEAS CIHE

New England College offers an Associate of Science (A.S.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services for $12,150 per year. The A.S. program serves as a stepping-stone to the B.S. program. Students take core classes in sociology, social psychology, and human services. Elective courses cover topics such as forensic psychology, abnormal psychology, and juvenile delinquency.

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