Human Services (BS)

A career of caring.

Human Services online degreeODU's Human Services degree completion program is designed to prepare you for entry-level positions in a variety of community service agencies. You will learn:

  • the roles and functions of the human services professional;
  • characteristics of human growth and development;
  • characteristics of human services agencies;
  • theories and skills of human services; and
  • basic skills related to program evaluation, grant writing, and fundraising.

Why ODU for Human Services?

This Human Services degree program also teaches the ethical, legal, and multi-cultural issues related to the responsibilities of the human services professional. Professional writing skills are stressed in all coursework.

Interested in becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor? Beginning in Fall 2015, ODU is offering a substance abuse track in the online Human Services program. Our courses fulfill the education requirements for this credential. After graduation from ODU, you will be required to complete the residency requirement and take the exam set by the Virginia Board of Psychology.

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Talk with an advisor to determine how your credits will transfer. The curriculum sheets below can serve as a guide for planning your course of study.

The required, 12-credit supervised internship is designed as the culminating experience of the Human Services program and is completed during one semester after the completion of all course work. To learn more about the internship, please speak with a Site Director, visit the department's web page, or contact us at 1-800-968-2638.

Learning Environment

This program is primarily asynchronous, but each class does include three to four live synchronous sessions per semester through Adobe Connect. These sessions help connect you with your professor and your peers by creating opportunity for live interaction, discussion and questions. Each of these live sessions is recorded as well. Our courses also include weekly text based interaction with the professor and peers throughout the semester.

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.


Partnerships  Save time, save money, and earn guaranteed acceptance into ODU. Earn your associate's degree at a community college and complete a bachelor’s degree online at Old Dominion.

You also may be able to get your associate’s degree online from John Tyler Community College or Northern Virginia Community College. Thanks to our partnerships, your entire undergraduate program could be completed online! Click to learn more.

Human Services Careers

Our graduates work as Human Service Practitioners, Case Workers, Counselors, and Advocates for families and individuals struggling with:

  • mental illness
  • intellectual and physical disabilities
  • substance abuse
  • aging and gerontology
  • domestic violence
  • youth services
  • parole, probations, and correctional issues
  • vocational rehabilitation

Admission Information

This is a degree completion program.

Explore Monarch TRANSFERmation to see how courses you've completed may transfer to ODU. To have an advisor review your transcripts, contact your nearest ODU extended classroom site or call 1.800.968.2638.

For this program, you will need to be accepted into ODU as a degree-seeking student.

Calculating Cost

Undergraduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $316
Students living outside of Virginia $345
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $874

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.