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Purdue University Global | MS in Human Services

Students interested in expanding their knowledge of human behavior and development and studying an overview of human services practices might consider Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Human Services. Read on for more details about this online graduate degree here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Human Services

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior coursework in the social sciences could be helpful for those who wish to enroll in the MS - Human Services program. Applicants to Purdue University Global's graduate programs should already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Advance into leadership positions managing organizational policies, staff, funding, intervention programs, and more. Choose a concentration in family/community services or organizational/social services. Earn your degree 100% online, on your schedule.

• Program Highlights: Study the foundations, history, multiculturalism, skills, and practices in human services, and either child/family services or nonprofit management/program development.

• Member of CSHSE: The program adheres to the curriculum standards of the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Human Services--Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCPTM) exam.*

• Career Opportunities: Development director, executive director, agency caseworker or manager, program manager, nonprofit manager, social or community service manager

• Practical Experience: Gain hands-on experience through a capstone project in which you solve complex real-world challenges in the field of human services or complete an internship.

• Concentrations

o Family and Community Services

o Organizational and Social Services

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. This program was not designed to lead to certification or licensure as a social worker or counselor in any specific state, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

*Students must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

45 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Human Services:

This program consists of a total of 30 credits in core coursework and 15 credits in a chosen concentration area. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (30 credits)

  • Foundations of Human Services
  • History, Multiculturalism, and Diversity in Human Services
  • Skills and Practice in Human Services
  • Professional Ethics and Personal Values
  • Master's Capstone in Human Services
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Master's Internship in Human Services
    • Open elective

Elective Courses (15 credits)

  • Electives in one of the following concentrations:
    • Family and Community Services
    • Organizational and Social Services

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

With classes that focus on intervention practices and program design and implementation, graduates of the MS in Human Services program might have developed the skills necessary to seek managerial positions in the field. They may be able to obtain these positions in community health centers, state agencies, youth development programs, nonprofit organizations, or counseling clinics.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Community service manager
  • Agency case manager
  • Nonprofit worker

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