Welcome to the Department of Human Services

Welcome to the Department of Human Services

Some of us are best suited toward helping others. Are you?

If you are looking to begin or expand your career helping others, SJC's Human Service Program is a perfect fit for you.  Our faculty work in the field of human services in many capacities such as social workers, substance abuse counselors, outreach workers and agency directors.

We work directly with you to ensure that you are ready to be hired, promoted and have a rewarding career as a human service professional. 

The Department of Human Services' course offerings are designed to take your desire to help others and prepare you to work with populations such as homeless people, veterans, individuals with mental illness or addiction, and families and children. As you develop your skills in our program, faculty will help you decide on the direction you want you career to take. You may choose to work as a counselor, case manager, advocate, outreach worker, program director or any of many other possibilities within the field of human services.  

Join us as we make a difference helping others.  

Learn more about our many options (all available on campus and online):

B.S. in Human Services
Want to make a positive impact? Start here.

Addictions counselors, mental health workers, assisted living managers and outreach workers are all potential career opportunities in this field.

Our bachelor’s degree in human services leads to a diverse collection of career and educational opportunities, including graduate studies in human services leadership, social work, mental health counseling and human services administration. The programs include specialized courses in addictions counseling, case management, gerontology, family and child welfare. 



M.S. in Human Services Leadership
Visionary leaders needed. Inquire within.

The M.S. in Human Services Leadership consists of 10 courses (30 credits) developed specifically for this program, which incorporate the leadership competencies necessary to develop visionary leaders who will make a positive impact on their organizations and communities at large.

Career opportunities in human services are continuing to expand, as is the need for qualified leaders in a field that includes child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, family support, health care, criminal justice and public safety, among others. Whether the goal is a career transition or a promotional opportunity in one of these fields, St. Joseph’s graduate program in human services leadership will develop the specialized leadership skills necessary to position yourself as a respected professional in the industry.

Our program provides human services professionals with a progressive education built on a groundbreaking, research-based leadership-development curriculum. Topics include a focus on financial, legal, regulatory, political, social and historical aspects of the human services industry, all of which are anchored on a contemporary and service-oriented leadership model.



Dual Degree, B.S. in Human Services and M.S. in Human Services Leadership
Two degrees at an accelerated option.

SJC Long Island's dual degree bridges the two popular Human Services degrees to offer a combined B.S./M.S. When students complete the B.S. in Human Services, they will only need six more classes, or 18 credits, to earn their master’s degree. Since they completed four graduate courses as part of their undergraduate degree, they not only save time, but they save money as well.

This combination degree is specially designed to promote and teach the skills of human services work, while at the same time introducing the competencies of management and leadership for students seeking to move up within their agency. Students will graduate knowing the broader field of social welfare, case management and special populations, but also the financial, legal, regulatory, political, social and historical aspects of the human services industry, preparing them to move into managerial roles.

This combination degree accelerates the student’s progress through the degrees, and is especially well suited for those who currently work in the field and need the credentials for advancement.



Gerontology Certificate
Understand and serve our older population.

Designed for adults pursuing various careers in aging, this 12-credit certificate provides gerontological knowledge essential to understanding and serving an older population. This certificate is particularly well suited for professionals who wish to redirect or focus their skills to meet the needs of an aging population.


Advanced Certificate in Human Services Leadership
Advanced certification for your career.

For students who already have a master’s degree in social work or mental health counseling, or for those newly promoted to a management position in human services, this Advanced Certificate in Human Services Leadership provides a post-baccalaureate credential for those transitioning to a leadership or administrative role in one of the professions in the human services field.

This 12-credit certificate will give you the specific skills necessary for management in the human services, without committing to a second master's degree.  


Marcelle LeisMarcelle Leis '16, Human Services Leadership graduate

“I went to St. Joseph's because of its proximity to home, veteran friendly campus — what kept me there was the faculty, staff, and experience with the Human Services programs.”

Learn More About Marcelle

Career Outcomes, at Your Own Pace

Many of our human services students are working adults who need flexibility. That's why SJC offers night and weekend classes that fit around your schedule — as well as online.

We'll do all we can to make your educational experience a comfortable one, while helping you further your career. Many of our students achieve promotions within their field or are employed immediately following graduation. Many of our interns are hired directly from their placement. 

The Department of Human Services also offers certifications in Alcoholism and Addictions and Counseling.