Master of Science Degree in Human Services Online

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Program at a Glance
  • Focus your degree plan by choosing from two concentration areas: family and community services or organizational and social services.
  • An internship option allows you to gain real-world experience while you earn your master’s in human services.
  • Coursework fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the HS-BCP™ exam.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
CREDITS REQUIRED 45
COST PER CREDIT $420
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Master of Science in Human Services Overview

The Master of Science in Human Services program is designed for current professionals in the growing human services field who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people. The program focuses on accessibility, delivery of services, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. Instruction also includes the planning, administration, and coordination of programs.

Coursework is designed to prepare you to:

  • Advocate on behalf of those in need by understanding human services roles, functions, and methods of advocacy.
  • 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 values of the human services profession.
  • Evaluate information, including the analysis of data, and interpret and evaluate findings to help deliver appropriate services.
  • Recognize and evaluate expectations, values, and self-care strategies in the profession.
  • Understand individual needs, and analyze the scope of the populations you serve to deliver the services they need.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate human services programs.

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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

A Need for Human Services Professionals

With America’s expanding senior population and nearly 13% of people living in poverty, there is an increasing need for experienced human and social services professionals.* The Master of Science in Human Services can prepare you to pursue leadership positions in the growing field of human services.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the online master’s in human services, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Select an area of interest that best suits your career goals:

  • Family and community services
  • Organizational and social services
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits15
  • Total Credits45

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Poverty statistic: U.S. Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016, https://www.census.gov/library/publications/2017/demo/p60-259.html. Industry growth: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Community and Social Service Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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.