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2023 Best Human Services Doctor's Degree Schools

2 Colleges in the United States
82 Doctor's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a doctor's degree in human services sits in the middle of the road, ranking #125 out of 306 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 2 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Human Services Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 82 doctor's degrees in human services to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to human services students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of human services students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for human services to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized human services related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for human services students working on their doctor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Human Services Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Human Services Doctor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.


Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Human Services in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in human services.

Top Schools for a Doctorate in Human Services


Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
60 Annual Graduates

Walden University is a great decision for students interested in a doctor's degree in human services. Walden University is a very large private for-profit university located in the large city of Minneapolis.More information about a doctorate in human services from Walden University


Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a doctor's degree in human services. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the city of Minneapolis.

Students who graduate with their doctorate from the human services program report average early career earnings of $77,127.

More information about a doctorate in human services from Capella University

Human Services by Region

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Human Services is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Human Services

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 680
Public Administration 377
Public Policy 241
Other Public Administration 37
Community Organization & Advocacy 23

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to University of the Fraser Valley. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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