About the Field of Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies

Job prospects in social and human service fields are expected to be excellent, particularly for individuals with appropriate education after high school. 

Job openings will come from job growth, but also from the need to replace workers who advance into new positions, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons. There will be more competition for jobs in urban areas than in rural ones, but qualified applicants should have little difficulty finding employment.
Employment change: the number of social and human service is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.


Human service professionals help social workers, healthcare workers, and other professionals to provide services to people. Human services is a generic term for workers with a wide array of job titles, including human service professionals, case management staff, social work counselor, community support worker, mental health staff, community outreach worker, life skills counselor, social services professional, youth worker, psychological aide, client advocate, or gerontology service professional.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Social and Human Service)

Program Highlights:

  • The program follows in the footsteps of the Assumption College Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which is ranked among the top 50 Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program in the nation by U.S. News
  • Our student-centered approach emphasizes academic excellence, convenience, ongoing communication, and interaction with professors, administrators, and professionals.
  • Faculty have interest, investment, and experience in teaching online courses, utilizing a nurturing approach and
  • communication to encourage students and keep them engaged throughout their entire degree program.
  • The Program is asynchronous; students can learn at a time that is convenient to their own schedule each week.
  • Multiple learning modalities, including online, experiential, practice and team approach, are incorporated.
  • An outcomes-based learning model is employed: through the practical application of knowledge and through career preparation, students demonstrate that they have learned the required skills and content offered in the Program.
  • With over 40 years of teaching Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Assumption’s Program is rich in history, experience, and achievement.
  • We have provided degrees to hundreds of working professionals in the Human Services field throughout New England and the United States.
  • Graduates of this program are qualified to work with children, adults, and the elderly with a broad range of disabilities, special needs, substance abuse issues and economic circumstances in diverse work settings.
  • The Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Program provides a strong undergraduate foundation for graduate professional education in a variety of health and human service-related fields, including rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, social work, special education, speech-language pathology, counseling psychology, school psychology, adjustment counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and more.



CCE at Assumption College has entered into a growing list of articulation agreements with most community colleges throughout Massachusetts as well as other state community colleges. These transfer agreements allow a seamless, easy, and direct transfer of all credits from your community college associate degree program into CCE at Assumption’s bachelor program.


Quinebaug Community College


Bristol Community College

Bunker Hill CC

Cape Cod CC

Holyoke CC

MassBay CC

Mount Wachusett CC

North Shore CC

Northern Essex CC

Quinsigamond CC

Roxbury CC


Anne Arundel Community College

Carroll Community College

College of Southern Maryland

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