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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:

The Master of Science in Human Services at Purdue University Global offers students the opportunity to explore best practices, current trends, and workplace ethics within this field. Required courses cover such topics as social systems, human service delivery systems, social policy and advocacy, diversity in human services, group and individual assessment practices, and professional ethics. The program is designed to help students build strong decision-making, problem solving, and analytical skills important for human services professionals. A required capstone allows students to apply what they have learned to an extensive research project; an optional internship also offers the chance for students to apply their skills in a human services setting.

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)

  • Human Development and Human Behavior in Context
  • 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 (20 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
  • Case manager
  • Social services director

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