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Online Doctorate Degree in Human Services

Earning an online doctorate degree in human services prepares professionals already working in the fields of healthcare and human services to advance in their careers and/or to contribute to their area of expertise through doctoral research. Learn more about doctorate degree programs, available careers and what topics may be covered in a degree program.

What Classes Will I Take?

By completing the online doctorate degree program in Human Services, students will gain an overview of the field of human services most relevant issues in today's world, including the impact of changes in the healthcare industry on human services, strategic planning, ethics, diversity and adult development.

Classes in this online doctorate degree program may include psychology, substance abuse, sociology, research into adult behavior and development, workplace diversity, healthcare management and strategic planning, decision making and ethics in healthcare, social science research fundamentals, healthcare, systems and families and communications. Many working in court systems or government programs complete coursework in public policy, research, criminal justice and other court procedures. Student may be required to complete an original research project, dissertation and a residency.

Common CoursesPsychology, decision making, public policy, workplace diversity
Skills LearnedResearch, leadership, trend response, advocacy
Career OptionsMental health counseling, social work, social services
Median Salary$79,010 for psychologists as of May 2018
Job Growth*14% growth for psychologists between 2016-2026

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Skills Can I Acquire?

Graduates with a doctorate in Human Services will possess superior research skills to add to the body of knowledge in their area of expertise. They will have skills in leadership and abilities that will allow them to respond to current trends and issues in human services and educational settings. They will possess the knowledge and aptitudes to shape, advocate for, prepare for and predict services of the future to benefit diverse populations.

What Are Some Typical Careers?

Graduates of a doctorate degree in Human Services generally pursue positions of leadership in human services in the military, healthcare, public safety, government, education or social services. They may take a faculty position in an institution of higher education. They may also work as a social worker (licensed) or a social services manager. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the following median annual incomes during May 2018 (www.bls.gov):

  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors: $42,250
  • Social Worker: $49,470
  • Social Services Manager: $65,320

What is the Job Outlook?

The BLS reports that demand for social workers will increase by 16%, and demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors will increase by 23% for the period of 2016-2026. This trend reflects increased use of social services and court systems.