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The Bachelor of Science degree program in human services at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) prepares students to become competent, self-reflective practitioners.

Program Options

Students seeking a degree in human services must choose one of the following concentrations:

Mental health counseling—designed to support students who want to provide direct service to a variety of populations.

Addiction studies*—designed for students who wish to qualify for application to become a certified addictions counselor.

Domestic violence counseling—designed for students who want to work with survivors of violence and/or with offenders.

High-risk youth—designed for students who want to work with youth in a variety of settings, from group homes to schools.

*MSU Denver has the only Bachelor of Science degree program in Colorado that offers all the course work required for the Department of Regulatory Agencies certified addiction counselor application (via the addiction studies concentration).




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

A degree in human services at MSU Denver delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our city’s human services community. Our students have the following unique opportunities:

• Learn in small classes from faculty with diverse disciplinary backgrounds as well as extensive clinical knowledge and experience.

• Participate in intensive/immersion field experience, completing 750 hours working in a human services or nonprofit agency.

• Get valuable counseling theory and skills practice with opportunities to be videotaped during mock counseling sessions.

• Take advantage of opportunities to connect to leaders through site visits, class projects, field experience and guest lecturers.

• Prepare for jobs in the field through our class that covers résumé development, cover letter writing and interview skills.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Human services graduates can make a difference—not just a living—in a variety of settings such as gang-prevention programs; programs that support the homeless; in DV shelters, detox facilities or residential treatment facilities; or in mentoring programs for youth, group homes, counseling agencies serving DUI/DV offenders, mental health agencies or agencies serving people with disabilities and more. Some specific career titles can include:

• Clinical case manager

• Behavioral line staff

• Addiction technician

• Client services specialist

• Youth services program coordinator

• Correctional case manager

• Probation officer

• Social services support staff

• Shelter coordinator

Hear from our students:

“My transformation has been a positive one. Now I have the knowledge and the field experience needed to be successful; I’m prepared and have the resources to begin my journey.”

—Sarahi Hernández Romo (BS in human services, high-risk youth concentration, 2014)

Alumni at Work

Arapahoe House


Denver Children’s Home

Excelsior Youth Services

Mental Health Center of Denver

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Servicios de la Raza

Department of Human Services

Department of Youth Corrections

Colorado Youth at Risk


Support Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Denver

Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe Counties

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare

Shiloh House

The Haven

Urban Peak

Atlantis Community, Inc.


Sample Classes

Mental health counseling:

Counseling the GLBTI Client

Grief Counseling

Small Group Dynamics

Addiction studies:

Counseling the Substance Abuser

Clinical Supervision

Motivational Interviewing

Domestic violence counseling:

Perpetrators of Abuse

Patterns of Relationship Abuse

High-risk youth:

Human Trafficking

Youth, Drugs and Gangs

Resistive Adolescent Client

Program Accreditation

The degree in human services at MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Council for Standards in Human Services Education. The addiction studies curriculum is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission, and the domestic violence counseling curriculum meets standards set by the Domestic Violence Offenders Management Board.

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