Human Services Degree

Human Services Associate Degree

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Human Services associate degree is the ideal program for those seeking a fulfilling career empowering and serving their communities. Students learn how to connect those in need with the services and support necessary to make improvements in their lives and thrive. Build the skills to step confidently into your future and share your passion for service through this advantageous program.

Knowledge and Hands-on Experience to Serve Diverse Populations

In the human services professional field, you will work with clients of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds who are facing a wide range of challenges. To ensure you can meet the needs of this diverse population, MWCC’s Human Services curriculum dives deep into assessment, advocacy, outreach, referral, and counseling techniques. These concepts build your interpersonal and communication skills to improve your ability to help others.

Course topics such as sociology, cultural awareness, counseling methods, psychology, and human development broaden your perspective, and an internship provides hands-on experience putting the knowledge you gain in the classroom into action to serve others. 

Internship sites include mental health clinics, developmental disabilities services, and community service projects, where for 10 hours per week under the supervision of a seasoned professional, you will gain real world experience that will have a lasting impact on your career.

Career Outlook with a Human Services Degree

MWCC’s Human Services degree prepares students interested in pursuing employment after graduation for a wide range of entry-level positions within the rapidly growing human and social services fields. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many human services fields are predicted to grow by 14-18% by 2026.

The demand for human services professionals exists across a wide range of settings, including hospitals, schools, and community health centers. This means that MWCC Human Services graduates will have a wide range of career opportunities across psychology, sociology, and social work available to them, including:

  • Probation Officer
  • Social Service Manager
  • Case Management Aide
  • Intake Specialist
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Counseling and Therapy Aide

Learn more about the human services profession at American Psychological Association and National Organization for Human Services Education.

Ready for Transfer to a Four-Year Institution

An MWCC associate degree is an affordable way to start your education in human and social services and build a strong foundation in the field. Some students decide they want to further their education and pursue an academic specialization that matches their interests through a bachelor’s degree in human services or a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

If you are interested in transferring to pursue a bachelor’s degree after completing the Human Services degree, you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with your MWCC advisor to help you plan a course of study that meets admission prerequisites for your desired four-year institution. Learn more about transfer advising services at MWCC.

Positively Impact Society With an Associate Degree in Human Services From MWCC

Mount Wachusett Community College’s Human Services associate degree offers an affordable and enriching academic experience that lays the foundation to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program or get started immediately in a career helping those in need.

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*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Rachel Vargeletis, 2017, Human Services (Pathways Student)

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