UMass Boston

Human Services BA

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Enhance the human service systems that serve our communities.

As a student in the Human Services BA at UMass Boston, you will learn how to become a change agent in your community by deepening your understanding of social issues and the systems in place to address them. You will study human services using an ecological framework that envisions the individual in constant interaction with his or her environment, and gain hands-on experience with human service practices.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of social problems and the impact of social systems on individuals and communities
  • Learn how to assess community needs and design effective interventions to address those needs
  • Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with diverse populations and advocate for social justice

Career Possibilities

Provide counseling, support, and resources to families and individuals in need as a social worker. Work as a community outreach coordinator and promote awareness of various programs and services. Or, become a grant writer to identify and secure funding opportunities for your non-profit organization. Whatever your goals, UMass Boston is here to support you.

Become a(n):

  • Social Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • People and Culture Manager

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Apply for Admission

Please review the first-year and transfer apply pages for important information about application requirements, deadlines, and application status check.

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Deadlines & Cost

Early action deadline: November 1; Regular Decision Deadline: June 15

Financing Your Education

Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable. Click below to learn more about financial aid opportunities and deadlines.

Financial Aid Deadlines & Application Process 

Scholarships for First-Year & Transfer Students

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Required Courses

Required Courses (30 Credits):

  • HUMCTR 220 - The Life Cycle and the Environment 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 230 - History of Social Welfare 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 320 - Intervention with Individuals and Small Groups 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 322 - Intervention with Large Systems 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 330 - Human Service Systems for Contemporary Families 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 345 - Professional Responsibility and Ethics 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 401 - Research and Information for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 421 - Human Service Policy and Practice (Capstone) 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 420 - Professional Internship Seminar 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMCTR 425 - Case Management 3 Credit(s)

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Science, Medicine & Society: Past & Present Minor
How are science, technology, and medicine shaped by our society? You can use this new minor to explore those relationships, whether you have a background in the sciences or the humanities. We explore the growth, development, and impact of technical fields using disciplines from literature to philosophy to history.

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