Serving matters.

Cornerstone University PGS offers a 62-credit Associate of Science in Human Services degree program designed to develop the professional skills of individuals working in either secular or faith-based human services organizations. Program course work provides you with a framework focused on the prevention and remediation of human services issues, preparing you to demonstrate communication and problem-solving skills as an effective leader and facilitator.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Associate of Science
    • Format: Blended, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo
  • Quick Facts

    • Program Length: 28 months
    • Delivery Format: Blended and online
      • Accelerated cohort model
      • Flexible, convenient learning options
      • On-site courses meet 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
    • Total Program Credit Hours: 62
    • Program Start Date: Cohorts begin periodically throughout the year. Speak with an enrollment counselor today to learn more.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission


    • New Skills and Proficiencies: Through field-based experiences, you'll learn how to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base and support the overall quality of life for diverse populations.
    • Navigate the Marketplace: You'll add value to your career, integrating theory and practice from subject areas such as sociology, counseling and intercultural relations.
    • Career Opportunities: Entry-level positions in counseling, social work, ministry, career services, customer service, non-profit organizations, K-12 paraprofessional and youth worker services
  • Admission Requirements

    • Application ($25 fee)
    • High school diploma or G.E.D.
    • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Send a completed transcript release form for each college you've attended to the PGS enrollment team, and we'll request your transcripts!
    • Copy of official military transcripts (if applicable)

    English Language Proficiency

    If your primary language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    For admission to Cornerstone's Associate of Science in Human Services degree program, you must achieve one of the following minimum scores:

    • Paper-based TOEFL test: 550
    • Computer-based TOEFL test: 213
    • Internet-based TOEFL test: 79-80
    • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
  • Tuition Costs and Financing

    A college degree is an investment. To understand the total estimated cost for the Associate of Science in Human Services program, review a breakdown of expenses: 

    • Application Fee: $25
    • Tuition Cost: $340 per credit hour
    • Technology Fee: $40 per course
    • Resource Fee: $125 per course
    • Reservation Fee: $30
    • Total Estimated Cost: $24,655

    Cornerstone University's commitment to offer you a competitively priced degree means that we partner with you to ensure its affordability. Learn more by previewing our step-by-step financial aid checklist.

    Transfer Credit

    Earning your next degree is attainable. Upon completion of your Associate of Science in Human Services degree, you may apply to join a bachelor's program cohort to conclude your undergraduate education:

    "The journey from Associate to Master has been so rewarding. The PGS program allowed me to take classes with success and still be a great wife and mother to my family." —
    Nannette Perry (B.S. '13, M.B.A. '15)

Program Courses and Catalog

The Associate of Science in Human Services degree requires completion of the following courses:

Step 1 Courses

  • Foundations of Inquiry (IDS-100) — 2 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Digital Literacy (IDS-131) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Introduction to Writing and Research (ENG-118) — 4 credit hours, 8 weeks
  • Foundations of Speech Communication (COM-111) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • General Psychology (PSY-111) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Mosaic Literature (REL-231) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Philosophy in Culture (PHI-211) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Introduction to Human Services (SOC-101) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-111) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Leadership Studies (MGT-233) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks

Step 2 Courses

  • Personal Wellness (IDS-204) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
  • Introduction to Literature (ENG-223) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Gospel Literature (REL-232) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Contemporary Math (MAT-120) — 3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • Introduction to Fine Arts (FAR-211) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • American Studies (HIS-115) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Current Social Issues (SOC-211) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology (SCI-119) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
  • Intercultural Relations (SOC-201) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Interviewing and Counseling (PSY-221) — 3 credit hours, 5 weeks
  • Field Experience/Applied Project (SOC-229) — 2 credit hours, 4 weeks

View the 2017-18 Professional & Graduate Studies Undergraduate Academic catalog for graduation requirements and course descriptions.

Your Next Step

Join a cohort of working professionals on the path toward your undergraduate degree and career advancement. To begin, submit your application now or schedule an appointment with an enrollment counselor.

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