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The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program is designed to provide adult students with a deep, practical understanding of the human services field grounded in a diverse liberal arts education. The program is a fit for adult students with an Associate’s degree, transfer students attempting to attain a Bachelor’s degree, working professionals needing a BA to advance in the field, and/or professionals attempting to enter into the human services field. The program allows for both part-time and full-time study, continuing MSPS’s history of evening and online offerings for adult student professionals.
The BA-HSA will consist of 120 credit hours split between 51 core liberal arts credits, 45 human services major credits, and 24 general elective credits (click here for full curriculum). Core courses align with the the Metropolitan School of Professional liberal arts curriculum. Major courses will consist of two general social science courses, twelve human services specific courses ranging from Case Management to Human Services Administration, and a three credit internship or experiential portfolio. Students already in the human service field will develop critical thinking skills, writing expertise, diversity acumen, and acquire a full liberal arts base. Students wishing to enter into the field will develop expertise in a wide range of human services courses and gain practical field experience.
Completion of the BA-HSA will allow students to sit for the DC Certified Addictions Counselor exam. While the Associate’s degree focuses on addictions and substance abuse counseling, the BA will cover this material as well as a broader human services base, readying students for entrance into multiple human services occupations or allowing student already in the field the opportunity for career advancement. The program will prepare students for positions in addictions and substance abuse counseling, recovery and rehabilitation services, case management, youth and family services, mentoring, and human and social service administration.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 257,700 jobs. For the specific occupation fields within community and social services which the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services will prepare students, Human and Social Service Assistants jobs are projected to increase by 11% (faster than the national average), Rehabilitation Counselors by 9% (faster than average), Social and Community Service Managers by 10% (faster than average), and Substance Abuse and Behavior Disorder Counselors, to which the BA-HSA curriculum most closely aligns, projected to increase by 22% (much higher than the national average).
Also, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage community and social service workers was $42,010 in May 2015. The median wage for human and social service assistants was $30,830 and the DC median was $38.460. For substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors, the median salary was $39,980 nationally, $50,980 in the District of Columbia, and $61,910 in the DC metro area. Just the addition of a Bachelor of Art’s degree can add over $10,000 per year to the earning power of a DC substance abuse counselor.