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Bachelor's in Human Services – Life Coaching Specialization

Do you aspire to see others thrive on all levels of their life? IWU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a life coaching specialization gives you the keys to empower others to excel personally and professionally, as well as advocate for the success of individuals and groups through program and resource development within communities. Plus, take advantage of flexible, online coursework enhanced by onsite intensives that help you develop a supportive and engaged peer network for your learning and beyond.     

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services at IWU?

From onsite intensives to better prepare you to become a certified life coach to offering our life coaching degree online and onsite in a hybrid format to balance flexibility with in-person learning and career benefits, IWU has aimed for the highest caliber of a university education experience for more than a century—and online education for more than a quarter century. Today, we are proud to offer the support you need to make a positive impact on overall outlook for others—through faculty who bring a practitioner-centered approach to your learning and curriculum aligned to industry standards and best practices. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. Additionally, your tuition rates are locked in the moment you start. You will experience no tuition hikes for the duration of your program.

What Will I Learn in a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Program?

This life coaching degree online program equips you to help others achieve a better all-around outlook in their lives. Prepare to approach others where they are through an understanding of serving those from diverse backgrounds. You’ll learn to apply the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics and build out the relevant expertise for certification under the ICF. You’ll also develop advanced communication and critical thinking skills vital in several settings—from social services to life coaching to community support services and much more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

45 Credit Hours


$398/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Bachelor Degree in Human Services

Coursework for your bachelor’s degree covers how to:

  • Advocate for positive social change
  • Apply the International Coaching Federation's Code of Ethics
  • Demonstrate respect for cultural differences and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • ICF-certified Life Coach
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Community Support Specialist

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education as specified in IWU Catalog (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

BS Human Services – Life Coaching - Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelors of Science Degree with a major in Human Services (with a Specialization in Life Coaching) program at Indiana Wesleyan University seeks to prepare program graduates for certification and service in the Life Coaching profession.  Certification per the International Coaching Federation (ICF) does not vary by state.  To be eligible to participate in the credentialing process, the graduate must

  • complete a minimum of 100 client hours (75 paid coaching hours)
  • 25 of the 100 coaching hours must take place within 18 months of submitting the application for the credentialing process
  • coaching must involve at least eight clients
  • successful completion of ICF Credentialing examination

Students receive certification after successfully completing the above requirements and after passing the ICF Credentialing exam.

Requirements do not vary by state. Life Coaching Certifications granted by the International Coaching Federation are recognized nationally and internationally.

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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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