Online Master’s Degree in Human Services

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1.5 years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
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Master’s in Human Services Overview

It’s time to take your human services career further. Earn your master’s degree online and be ready to take on leadership positions in this fast-growing field.

  • Expand your impact as an advocate for people in need by learning to design, deliver, evaluate, and oversee effective interventions and programs.
  • Gain real-world experience through an optional internship.
  • Fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the HS-BCP™ exam as part of your coursework.
  • Specialize your degree plan by choosing from two concentrations.

Gain the Expertise Employers — and Communities — Need

  • Understand the history and impact of past and present policies and legislation in the human services field.
  • Identify and implement effective strategies that incorporate a theoretical and philosophical framework built on the values of the human services profession.
  • Evaluate information, analyze data, and interpret and evaluate findings to help deliver appropriate services.
  • Understand individual needs, the scope of the populations you serve, and the relevance of multiculturalism and diversity in delivering human services.
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Meet the Demand for Human Services Professionals

With America’s expanding senior population and 11% of people living in poverty, demand for experienced human and social services professionals is growing.

Member of CSHSE

This program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and adheres to their curriculum standards.

The CSHSE can be contacted at Council for Standards in Human Service Education, 3337 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

Both core courses and concentration courses provide a comprehensive education in theory and practice.

Sample Courses

  • 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
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Human Services Degree Concentrations

Choose from two concentrations to customize your degree:

  • Family and Community Services

    Learn to address the complexities of developing and administering services for children and families. Focus on human development, resiliency, family theories, and advocacy.

  • Organizational and Social Services

    Gain the knowledge and skills to work with diverse funding sources, influence policy, supervise staff, and develop and administer programs that address community needs.

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Prepare for Certification

Coursework in this program fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) exam offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education.

Please note that you must meet post-degree experience requirements in order to earn the HS-BCP credential.

Opportunities for Professional Development

Take advantage of the Graduate Resource Center, a self-paced course that includes information on professional memberships and clubs, career services, social networking, and more.

Students are also invited to join the Human Services Club and the Human Services Honor Society (TUA) for further networking and educational opportunities.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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What Can You Do With a Master’s in Human Services?

"Need-based" populations will demand greater services and leaders who can ensure that these populations get the best support and care backed by evidence-based research. The Master of Science in Human Services can help you pursue positions such as social and community service manager.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Master of Science in Human Services and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Choosing a Master’s Degree in Human Services

Understand and advocate for individual needs. Find additional resources on the value of pursuing a master’s in human services.

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Human Services Programs Licensure: The coursework in this program fulfills the academic requirements to sit for the exam to become a Human Services—Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). Please note that you 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. 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.

Industry Job Growth: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Community and Social Service Occupations, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Internship: The student is responsible for identifying and obtaining approval for an appropriate internship in his or her location.

Poverty Statistic: U.S. Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2021,