Military Families and Culture Specialization – MS in Human and Social Services

Military Families and Culture

From combat-related injuries to addiction, members of the armed forces may face a multitude of challenges both on the front lines and when they return home. In this specialization, you’ll deepen your understanding of military culture; explore topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma; and examine how frequent relocations, parent-child separation, and extensive deployments impact military families. You can also gain skills and strategies for helping active and former military personnel and their spouses and children cope effectively with hardships and improve their quality of life.

This specialization can prepare you for careers such as social and community worker for Veteran Affairs or community veteran services, human services program leaders, and non-therapeutic counselors.

Note on Licensure: The MS in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

Completion Requirements

  • 53 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Elective/specialization courses (15 cr.)
      (Includes Grant Writing course with final project targeted to specialization)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


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