Program Overview

Designed for working professionals and adult learners who want to improve their current standings or enter a new career in the field of business and management, the Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management from Cardinal Stritch offers a great opportunity for those individuals. This flexible online-based degree program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in human service roles in all sorts of organizations, including for-profit, and not-for-profit. The instruction at Cardinal Stritch is such that combines peer-discussion, critical thinking, and community service projects to give students a wide scope with which to approach their current or desired career.

In order to earn this bachelor’s degree, students must complete 41 credits in the Human Services Management program and 30 credits in Liberal Arts, supplementing the 128 total credit hours required to graduate. The goal at Cardinal Stritch is to provide students with the critical thinking, research, and writing skills needed to set themselves apart in the job market. The core curriculum is taken sequentially, with classes ranging from 4 to 12 weeks and 3-5 credits, as well as a Capstone course. Subjects of instruction include computer and communication skills, mathematics, self-management, critical thinking, statistics, and legal issues, ethical issues, and principles of human services. In the cumulative Capstone project, students will develop an overall strategy for managing human services organizations, using the knowledge gained throughout the program to address and respond to internal and external challenges for those organizations. Students must finish the program with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and at least a C- in core coursework in order to successfully graduate.

To qualify for this program, students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and have at least 50 hours of acceptable credit from an accredited college or university, and a minimum 2.0 overall GPA. Students with a GPA below 2.0 are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are also required to have two years of work experience with some involvement in areas of management, including planning and staffing.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    2.0 GPA or above. Two years or more of work experience (volunteer and armed services accepted). Official transcripts.

    School Overview

    Initially an all-girls school, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi founded St. Clair College in 1937, quickly establishing The Literacy Centers, a reading clinic for struggling children. As the century progressed, so too, did the school. The college was renamed Cardinal Stritch University, and achieved regional accreditation, along with developing graduate programs by the mid-1950s. Then in 1970, the University became co-educational. Stritch University continued to expand, introducing associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing followed by a business degree program to meet the needs of adult students, and a distance education program for graduate studies. In 2006, the University offered degree programs fully implemented online.

    Cardinal Stritch University houses four colleges, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in more than 60 fields of study.​ Furthermore, undergraduate online programs and coursework offers necessary flexibility for professionals and students with busy lifestyles.


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