An increased need for community support services means a growing demand for people with advanced degrees who can step into leadership roles in human services organizations. By 2022, employment of human services managers is expected to grow by 21%, faster than the average for all occupations.*

With our MS in Human and Social Services, you can prepare to help clients navigate social services in various settings around the world, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, and religious organizations.

In addition, U.S.-based and international charities are key employers of MS in Human and Social Services graduates. Since they tend to focus on vulnerable populations, charities need professionals with specialized administrative and case-management expertise.

The MS in Human and Social 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
  • Program director
  • Development 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, 2014–2015 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers,” on the Internet at (viewed online April 2, 2015). 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.


Tomica Buford

Tomica Buford

PhD in Human Services Student
I am loving my Walden experience. I believe the university is providing a quality education. I also feel supported by staff and instructors as I move forward.
Obtaining a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision is one of my proudest moments, followed by securing a faculty position at Montreat College’s counseling graduate program.
I have worked in the substance-abuse field since completion of my bachelor's degree in psychology. I realized that I needed direction—just having a broad human service degree would be limiting. With my higher degree from Walden, my background and experience is now confirmed through my educational knowledge and allows me the authority to speak about social change.
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