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East Tennessee State University

Online B.S. in Human Services

Online Bachelors Degree Human Services

The Online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services is a nationally ranked program providing a human and behavioral science background for students interested in counseling, case management, administration, or similar helping professions.

Students in ETSU's Online Human Services bachelor's degree program learn the roles and functions of human services professionals, characteristics of human growth and development, aspects of human service agencies, theories and skills required of human services professionals to work with diverse clientele in a variety of settings, and the basic skills related to program evaluation, grant writing, and fundraising.

The online bachelor's degree in Human Services also includes ethical, legal, and multicultural issues as they relate to the responsibilities of the human services professional. Professional writing and oral skills are stressed in all coursework to ensure that students understand the importance of documentation and communication requirements in the human services field.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is an accredited, 100% online degree program offering a curriculum including the following core components:

  • interpersonal skills
  • social and cultural foundations
  • introduction to human services
  • counseling theory and practice
  • developmental psychology
  • research in learning and development
  • administration of human services organizations
  • child/adolescent/or adult psychology and development

An accelerated B.S. to Master of Science in Human Services is also available. 



Online B.S. in Human Services

View the course list and graduation requirements for ETSU's Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

Degree and Graduation Requirements

- Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours is required.

- CSCI 1100 or the proficiency exam

California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST)  (Senior Exit Exam)

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students

Second Bachelor Degrees

Double Majors/Double Degrees

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120



The Application Process:

The process for enrolling in the online Human Services degree program involves:

1. apply to East Tennessee State University

2. apply to the Human Services program (which is a different process from applying to the university) after completing 30 credit hours of college course work. Note: If you have previous college credit, it may count toward the hours requirements. If you are interested in Human Services and do not yet have 30 hours of completed course work, you can still speak with an advisor by using the contact form beneath this information box.

For help with your application or questions concerning the admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions directly at  or toll-free at 1-800-462-3878.



Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students residing in select bordering counties in North Carolina and Virginia may attend ETSU at the in-state tuition rate. Please contact the Admissions Office at or 423-439-4213 with questions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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