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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

About the Program

If you’re interested in a career where you can work directly with people, you might want to consider Human Services. In this hands-on educational program, students learn about the challenges and the rewards of working in Human Services. They have the opportunity to explore the attitudes, thoughts and feelings of working as a human services generalist and gain direct experience with human service consumers and agencies through internships and class experiences as well as:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life by advocating for their needs and empowering them to achieve their goals
  • Investigate complex social problems and understand their effects on individuals, communities, and society
  • Work alongside helping professionals to connect people with community resources and employment opportunities

Courses are open to new students and those seeking further enhancement of their skills in human services. It is possible to transfer your coursework to a four-year college.

See the Human Services Career Tree for career possibilities.

Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS Degree

The Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Social Work bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State college and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

Minnesota State universities include: Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.


Salary Data

Social & Human Service Assistants
Average Wage: $16.84/hour
Top Earners: $24.37/hour

Mental Health Counselors*
Average Wage: $22.70/hour
Top Earners: $32.45/hour

Child, Family & School Social Workers*
Average Wage: $28.77/hour
Top Earners: $36.99/hour

Marriage & Family Therapists*
Average Wage: $21.50/hour
Top Earners: $30.55/hour