B.A. On Campus

Human Services

University of Massachusetts Boston

48 months
34648 USD/year
34648 USD/year
14186 USD/year
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The human services field continues to be one of the fastest growing in Massachusetts and the nation. Human service providers work in diverse settings, from state agencies to substance-abuse programs to counseling and educational programs. We offer a bachelor degree in Human Services at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 


Within these areas, human service workers carry out many different roles, from case management and intervention to program administration and development.

Our human services major provides a theoretical framework for understanding the individual, the family, and the community; the interactions among them; and the systems that are set up to serve them. You will study human services using an ecological framework that envisions the individual in constant interaction with his or her environment, affecting and affected by institutions (families and organizations), the communities in which these institutions exist, and the institutions’ socioeconomic and political environments.

The Human Services major from the University of Massachusetts Boston has been carefully constructed to meet community and workforce needs. Its ten courses focus on the skills, knowledge, and core values of human services practice, as well as the theoretical models that inform the field.

What Students Gain

While completing their coursework, students in human services build professional experience for their resumes through our applied service-learning programs and capstone. Students also gain:

  • Knowledge of human development, family functioning, and community dynamics
  • Basic skills in intervention with individuals, families, and groups
  • Understanding of the history and structure of human services systems
  • Research and information requirements for effective delivery of services
  • Knowledge of ethics, values, and policies guiding human services practice

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Life Cycle and the Environment
  • Human Service Systems for Contemporary Families
  • Intervention with Individuals and Small Groups
  • Intervention with Large Systems
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics
  • History of Social Welfare

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 15.02 - national deadline 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed UMass Boston online admission application
  • Application fee of $100
  • An official high school record, leaving certificate and/or graduation examination results or their notarized copies. All documents in foreign languages must be translated by a certified professional.
  • Academic recommendation letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • 500-word essay
  • Test scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17324 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    34648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17324 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14186 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7093 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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