Human Services, B.S.
Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services prepares professionals through undergraduate learning opportunities for those who seek service roles in their communities, the skills and knowledge for making a difference, and lives that have meaning and purpose. The human services professional is dedicated to the goal of helping clients become self-sufficient through teaching problem-solving, using case management skills, and using client-centered mental health practices. The primary role of the Human Services professional is to help individuals function to the best of their ability within the context of their lives. In order to fulfill that role they must be prepared to assist and serve clients in a manner that is nonjudgmental, moral, ethical, and competent. The B.S. in Human Services program is offered fully online and at Mercer's Douglas County, Henry County, and Macon locations. Students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March, and May.
There are five concentration options to meet your professional goals along with personalized, interactive teaching by Mercer’s outstanding and accessible faculty. Concentrations include:
- Family Services – designed for those who wish to work with families in a non-counseling role.
- Gerontology Services – designed for those who wish to work with adult populations through direct services or program and policy administration.
- Mental Health – designed for those who wish to pursue a career/graduate study in counseling, psychology, therapy or a related profession.
- Social Services – designed for those who wish to pursue a career in a human services organization and graduate study in a related field.
- Substances Abuse Services – provides preparation for those who are interested in a future career in addiction counseling.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Evaluate and provide solutions for client needs in a moral and ethical way
- Help clients become self-sufficient through problem solving, case management and client-centered mental health practices
- Demonstrate competence in using the best practices of the profession, with an emphasis on client-centered mental health practices, case management skills, and problem-solving
Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in positions including: alcohol counselor, case worker, drug abuse counselor, gerontology aide and residential counselor.
Tau Upsilon Alpha is the Human Services Honor Society. Eta Chapter of Mercer University is a national honor society for students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Human Services. Established in 2006 under the auspices of the National Organization for Human Services, Mercer University’s Eta Chapter became, in 2007, a charter member of the honor society.
To become a member of the Eta Chapter, the student must:
- Have a 3.5 cumulative GPA
- Be enrolled at Mercer University for three fulltime semesters
- Rank in the top 35% of classes
- Have declared Human Services as a major or minor
- Exemplify the leadership and ethical characteristics of the Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals
Additional Human Services Organizations
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services requires a total of 120 semester hours to complete including general education studies. Many students transfer in credits. If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy.
Applicants for the B.S. in Human Services program should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
- Application for Admission. Begin application now>
- $25 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
Submit the required fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not sent cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition.
Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.
- High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.
Joint Services Transcript
An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience. Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.
Submit all application supporting materials to:
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
Fall Session I (August): July 15
Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants
To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:
- $25 non-refundable application fee
- Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.
The Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as the Preferred Provider Partnership program) provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.
Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the B.S. Human Services program:
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We understand that you may have questions about your educational journey with Mercer University. Browse our FAQs and get answers to some of our commonly asked questions.
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A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
D. Financial Guarantee International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.
E. Visa Status International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)