As a human services professional, you make a positive difference every day.

Your commitment to improving the quality of life for others benefits your entire community. Walden’s M.S. in Human Services program can help you make an even greater impact by preparing you with the skills you need to become an effective leader in fostering social change. This online master’s in human services degree program focuses on expanding your understanding of the delivery, accessibility, accountability, and coordination of agency services.

By earning your master’s in human services at Walden, you will broaden your knowledge as a human services professional and advance your understanding of human services theory, research, and practice. Study strategies to address the ethical and social justice issues that are impacting the effective delivery of human services throughout the world today.

As a graduate of the M.S. in Human Services program, you can work in a variety of roles providing direct services to individuals, families, or communities or providing leadership to agencies and programs.

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Walden’s M.S. in Human Services program offers a General Program as well as a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

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General Program

Walden’s M.S. in Human Services General Program explores the full spectrum of human services competencies and strategies. As a student, you will gain insight into the history of the profession, learn best practices for human services delivery systems, and practice effective program planning and evaluation methods. By studying a broad range of topics, you can expand your understanding of the field and gain practical skills you can apply immediately on the job and use to advance your career.

Completion Requirements

  • 46 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

*Elective courses may be any 5-credit graduate-level course.

Criminal Justice

From homelessness to substance abuse to poverty, there are a variety of factors that contribute to criminal behavior in modern society. In the Criminal Justice specialization, you will explore both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for offenders as well as their victims. By examining the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, you can identify the key challenges facing the criminal justice system today—and what you as a human services professional can do to help address these problems.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention

Whether it’s an act of nature or an act of terror, effective crisis management leaders are needed to curtail the effects of the disaster and implement relief efforts. This specialization focuses on theories and strategies to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities in crisis. You will explore common reactions that communities share following a disaster and the psychological and behavioral disorders individuals can develop as a result. Coursework will allow you to gain an understanding of how different counseling practices are used to help individuals overcome the disorders. You will examine how to analyze a crisis at both a local and regional level and apply your knowledge to design a crisis plan to prepare for future emergencies.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on the specialization you choose, individual progress, and credits transferred, if applicable.

Family Studies and Interventions

In diverse populations, human services professionals must be in tune with the special needs of underrepresented or marginalized groups such as low-income, single-parent, gay and lesbian families, bisexual, and transgender. In this M.S. in Human Services specialization, you will explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention. At the completion of your studies, you will be able to recognize special treatment considerations and develop multimodal therapeutic approaches.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Human Services Administration

Do you aspire to take on a leadership role in the human services field? This specialization focuses on topics such as public management and leadership, program development and implementation, and staff development and training—the core competencies you will need to effectively lead a human services agency or organization. Study the theoretical foundations of organizational behavior and gain an understanding of how you can incorporate them in your management and planning. After completing the program, you will understand how to evaluate the efforts of human services organizations in order to improve their effectiveness within the community.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Public Health

As the population grows, the prevention of widespread disease and disability becomes paramount. In this specialization, you will analyze the major public health issues impacting communities today and discover how prevention of these issues can effect positive social change. Explore the social, environmental, and economic factors that impact public health, and gain strategies for organizing and overseeing population-based disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Social Policy and Analysis and Planning

Creating sustainable social change means knowing how to work effectively with legislators, lobbyists, and other stakeholders in a challenging public and political arena. In the Social Policy and Analysis and Planning specialization, you will learn the strategies used to shape and implement public policy today. From healthcare to hate crimes to the environment, study how you can impact the legislation that governs society.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on the specialization you choose, individual progress, and credits transferred, if applicable.

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 46-51 total quarter credit hours, depending on specialization $425 per quarter credit hour
Technology Fee per quarter $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Given the increased need for community support services, there is a growing demand for people with advanced degrees who can step into administrative and leadership roles in human services organizations. By 2020, employment of human services managers is expected to grow by 27%, faster than the average for all occupations.*

The M.S. in Human Services can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Human services professional
  • Human services administrator (coordinator, director, program lead)
  • Agency coordinator
  • Foster care counselor
  • Family services specialist
  • Development director
  • Program director
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Emergency management manager
  • Community and social service specialist

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–2013 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm (viewed online May 7, 2012). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Walden’s M.S. in Human Services program includes:

When you choose Walden’s M.S. in Human Services, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

Get a head start on your doctoral degree at Walden. As an M.S. in Human Services student, you can earn credit toward Walden’s Ph.D. in Human Services while completing your master’s program.

Earn Your Degree in Less Time

After completion of the M.S. in Human Services program, you could earn your Ph.D. in Human Services by successfully completing just 10 additional courses and a dissertation. Plus, as a Walden graduate, you can qualify for a 15% tuition reduction when you enroll in your Walden doctoral program.*

Eligibility

To be eligible for this option, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements associated with the M.S. in Human Services program.
  • Earn a B or better in the applicable master’s courses within the last 10 years.
  • Have no “incomplete” grades.
  • Be in good financial standing.

Transfer of credit is granted only after formal review and approval by Walden’s Office of Admissions.

Is the accelerated path to a doctoral degree right for you? Find out by calling an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336. Current Walden students can contact a member of their Academic Advising Team.

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition.

Lifelong Learning for Human Services Professionals

No matter where you are in your human services career, Walden offers a program to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with others as you pursue a degree that can help you make a greater difference in the community.

B.S. in Human Services

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree without compromising your personal or professional obligations.
  • Equip yourself with the tools you need for success in a human services career through a relevant, evidence-based, online human services degree program.
  • Gain practical skills in case management, crisis and trauma response, advocacy, and community collaboration that you can apply in a variety of settings.

M.S. in Human Services

  • Choose from a variety of specializations designed to help you meet your specific career goals.
  • Promote positive social change in your community by becoming a leader in the profession.
  • Apply credits toward Walden’s Ph.D. in Human Services degree program and save time and money in earning your doctorate.

Ph.D. in Human Services

  • Enhance your talents as a human services practitioner in order to serve at the highest level within your existing specialty.
  • Connect with a community of health services professionals who are focused on improving quality of life through effective policy and practice.
  • Help fill the need for human services professionals with advanced degrees.

Graduates in the M.S. in Human Services program will be prepared to:

  1. Articulate the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
  2. Interpret and apply human services research to inform the practice of human services delivery systems.
  3. Synthesize findings from research to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions and direct services.
  4. Use knowledge of formal and informal networks in the development and evaluation of human services delivery systems.
  5. Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems.
  6. Discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Human Services relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.