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Online B.S. in Human Services

“We want [the Human Services degree] to be personal, professional and innovative.”

- David Stefan


About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services educates students from a biblical understanding of advocacy, to enhance service delivery, management, and social change through their work in human service organizations. The undergraduate major will be a 45 credit program as described herein.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Integrate biblical perspectives on providing care to oppressed or disadvantaged people
  • Assess services to identified constituencies in social service agencies 
  • Advocate for positive social change at the micro and macro levels 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and need for services rendered by social service agencies 
  • Articulate a management plan for resources of the social service agency for the benefit of the community

 This program is designed to help you: 

  • Apply critical thinking to real-world situations 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical bases, best practices, and historical and current trends related to the human services profession 
  • Identify, plan, and utilize resources to improve client situations 
  • Utilize information and systems to appropriately manage and deliver human services 
  • Understand the importance of culture, gender, diversity, and global perspective when working with clients 

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your degree in approximately 18-20 months 
  • Cohort groups provide mutual support 
  • One-time registration, no more waiting in line 
  • Classes meet one night per week or online 
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
45 Total $375 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our Financial Aid Web site, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services is a 45 credit hour degree program. The core program consists of 30 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of electives. Students who have not previously taken a general psychology course or a course in interviewing skills may need to complete the prerequisite courses.

Preview Your Classes






Below are the lists of requirements for the BS Human Services program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application
    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
  2. Proof of High School
    Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  3. Transcripts
    Original transcripts are required from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.
  4. Transferable Credits
    Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by Biblical Higher Education is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program. A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 120 credit hours.
  2. Completion of all required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  3. Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. A total of 30 credit hours must be completed at the 300 & 400 level.
  5. Completion of 30 hours of Liberal Arts, including the following:
    • 3 credit hours in Biblical Literature.
    • 3 credit hours in Philosophy/Religion/Biblical Literature.
    • 9 credit hours in English/Composition/Speech/Literature.
    • 6 credit hours in Social Sciences.
    • 3 credit hours in Math.
    • 3 credit hours in Science.
    • 3 credit hours in Fine Arts/Foreign Language.
  6. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Application Procedures

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    High School
    Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

    Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.

  3. TOEFL Scores

    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see  www.toefl.org.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Services program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.