Build your knowledge and expertise to help empower a broad community with our MS in Human and Social Services degree program.
If you want to change lives, trust Walden to help set your goals in motion. A master’s in human services degree focuses on developing the practical and leadership skills necessary to make a positive difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Explore the full spectrum of human and social services competencies and learn best practices for delivery systems, program planning, and evaluation methods. Coursework includes a grant writing course and a focus on interprofessional practice to help you broaden your impact.
Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program equips you with the practitioner and leadership skills in nontherapeutic direct services to drive social change at a higher level. Position yourself for success in starting your own nonprofit, advancing at your current organization, or embracing new career opportunities. Tailor your learning with specializations that reflect unique skill sets sought after by employers in the field.
Graduates of Walden’s online master’s in human and social services program will be prepared to:
The growing demand for individual and family social services—from addiction treatment to senior care—means a greater need for qualified human services leaders. By 2026, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 18%, faster than the average for all occupations.1
Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program prepares you to help facilitate social services in various settings around the world. Gain in-demand skills that open up a world of possibilities, whether you dream of forming your own organization or forging ahead into leadership roles.
An MS in Human and Social Services from Walden can prepare you for a number of direct nontherapeutic services or leadership positions in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations.
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online master’s in human services degree program.
A master’s in human services degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2018, social and community service managers in government, civic, community, and other organizations earned median salaries between $59,400 and $83,660 per year.1
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.
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.
1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers, Pay and Job Growth. National long-term job growth projections and salaries may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth or salaries, and are subject to change.
2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.