Bachelor’s in Human Services Leadership

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership prepares graduates for leadership roles at human service agencies and graduate-level study, and enables students to apply transfer credits earned at other institutions and credits awarded for professional and military training and other prior learning. The program aligns with the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) curriculum guidelines.

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Earn Up to 22 Credits at No Cost
For a limited time, we are waiving the cost of PRC 101, our three-week orientation course that is required for most undergraduate students and helps you explore career opportunities. It also makes you eligible to earn a Google Career Certificate, the Meta Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate and take additional courses through our partnership with Coursera at no cost. This means you can earn up to 22 credits for free, which can save you more than $13,000 in tuition (and even more in books).

What You Can Expect

  • Save time and money by applying up to 102 transfer credits toward this degree.
  • Aside from the practicum requirements, you can earn the remaining credits entirely online.
  • Meet your professors each week during optional, live, virtual sessions.
  • Embed an employer-recognized certification into your program.
  • Students need 30 transfer credits to enroll in the program. Students with fewer than 30 credits may be conditionally accepted into the program. Contact Admissions to learn how you can still enroll in the program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.S. in Human Services Leadership program will be able to:

  1. Examine present conditions in the field of human services and explain how different human services emerged and the various forces that influenced their development.
  2. Examine the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning and determine appropriate responses to human needs.
  3. Evaluate policies and create processes to effect social change through advocacy work at all levels of society including community development, community and grassroots organizing, and local and global activism.
  4. Obtain, synthesize, and clearly report information from various sources.
  5. Develop and assess programs for clients and client groups in promoting optimal functioning, growth, and goal attainment.
  6. Demonstrate interviewing and active listening skills with empathy and awareness of one’s own values, cultural bias, philosophies, personality.
  7. Demonstrate skills in the administrative aspects of the human services delivery system.
  8. Apply ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services/Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

Program at a Glance:



Transfer Credits:

Up to 102 transfer credits can be applied to this degree.


100% online (excluding practicum) 

Emergency Student Aid

Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.


Bachelor of Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 121

PRC 101Peirce College Orientation1
BIS 111Application Software Fundamentals3
COM 112Speech Communication3
COM 312Practical Reasoning3
ENG 101English Composition3
ENG 103Rhetoric and Research3
HUM 102Introduction to Ethics3
HUM/HISHumanities/History Core (choose 1)3
MAT 102College Algebra3
MAT 109Statistics I3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 270Abnormal Psychology 3
SCISCI Core (choose 2)6
GEN EDGen Ed Core (choose 1) 
SOC 101 is recommended

*Students entering the program without MAT 101 must take MAT 101 as a General Education Core requirement.


HSL 101Introduction to Human Services Leadership3
HSL 105Human Development3
HSL 201Basic Helping and Counseling Skills3
HSL 210Human Services Delivery Systems3
HCA 220Cultural Awareness for Health and Human Services Professionals3
HSL 250Case Management Skills3
HSL 280Group Dynamics3
HSL 290HSL Practicum I3
HSL 320Violence and Trauma in Society3
HSL 330Ethics in Human Services Leadership3
HIA 340Health and Human Services Research Methods3
MGT 360Nonprofit Management3
HSL 390Current Trends and Treatment Approaches in Substance Abuse Care3
HSL 400Advanced Helping and Counseling Skills3
HSL 401HSL Practicum II3
HSL 410Human Services Policy and Advocacy3
HIA 480Strategic Planning and Organizational Development in Healthcare3

Elective courses (choose 9)  
ACC 105, CJS 101 or CJS 225 are recommended. 


Careers in Human Services

The employment of human service managers is expected to grow 13 percent through 2028 – much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau states that this forecasted employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly population and increased demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.

For more information about potential human services careers for Peirce graduates, visit our Human Services Careers page.

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Interested in completing your degree with a B.S. in Human Services Leadership?

Apply now using our online application.

You can also contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application.

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