Social Services Degree Programs

Read on to learn about the undergraduate and graduate degrees available in social work and social services, online availability, common courses and standard salary for those who work in the social work field. Schools offering Human Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degrees Can I Earn in Social Service?

If you want to study social service, you could earn a bachelor's degree in social service or social work. This course of study takes about four years to complete. It can be found in both on-campus and distance-learning formats, which could allow for flexible or accelerated schedules. Bachelor's degree programs in this field could prepare you for entry-level social service positions, or they could make you eligible for graduate study in the field.

Master's degree programs in social work take 2-3 years and can be completed entirely online. These programs in commonly focus on research and culminate in a thesis or a comprehensive exam. Master's degree programs could also prepare you to sit for social work licensing exams, which are required by all states.

Degree Levels Available Bachelor's, master's
Online Availability On-campus, online or hybrid
Common Courses Human behavior, applied psychology, communication, counseling techniques, social work practices
Other Requirements Many programs require an internship or clinical hours
Median Salary (2014) $45,500 annually

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

Bachelor's degree programs in social work usually require you to take general education classes in addition to learning about psychology and industry-standard social work practices. You can expect to learn about human behavior, community dynamics, applied psychology and counseling techniques. Other areas of study could include social science, research and communication. Many programs require you to complete internships or clinical hours before graduating. The following are examples of classes in which you could enroll:

  • Social research
  • Social evolution
  • Fundamentals of social work
  • Human behavior and psychology
  • Common social problems
  • Statistics for social work

What are the Career Prospects?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social workers earned a median annual salary of $45,500 as of 2014 (www.bls.gov). The number of workers employed in this field is expected to rise by 12% between 2014-2024, which is faster than average

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