Bachelor of Science in Human Services

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services is designed to prepare working professionals for a variety of opportunities. Students drawn to a degree in human services recognize the importance of people – working with them, serving them and meeting their needs. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and seek to build upon their experience to prepare for or enhance careers in a variety of fields, including business, government, counseling/social work, health care, gerontology, community advocacy, law enforcement and employee relations.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements.

Our Belmont campus program is also offered at Cañada College, Mission College and in Tracy, CA.
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Knowledge and Skills

Human Service providers look to demographic and public policy trends and see emerging opportunities for those committed to helping others. Students learn to see themselves as leaders who address prevention and awareness of social issues and concerns. This understanding, combined with a curriculum grounded in ethical organizational practices, make human services graduates valuable contributors in non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations, where the needs of talented people inspire investment in human capital.


  • A working professional may complete this degree in as little as 18 months; most students average two and a half years to completion
  • Flexible transfer credit policies that include course challenges, CLEP exams, liberal transfer of credit from past colleges and credit for prior learning using portfolios
  • Students may begin the program at the beginning of any one of six terms; applications are accepted year-round
  • Courses are conveniently scheduled once a week for seven weeks, usually on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
  • Classes take place either at NDNU’s Belmont or Tracy campus or at satellite campuses in Redwood City (Cañada College) and Santa Clara (Mission College). Our locations enable us to attract high-caliber students and faculty
  • We offer articulated programs with three master’s programs (MBA, MPA and Clinical Psychology). This allows students in their last semester of undergraduate work to begin a master’s degree while completing the bachelor’s degree

Fast Track to Masters Degrees

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services offers special articulated programs with the graduate MPA, MBA and Clinical Psychology programs. Articulated programs allow students in their last semester of undergraduate work to study for a master’s degree while completing the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students in articulated programs can enroll in six units in selected graduate courses that fulfill undergraduate major requirements while also counting towards the master’s degree. Students benefit from a seamless transition to graduate studies and tuition savings for courses that count for both degrees!

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.

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