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.
  • Learn from professors who are experienced human services professionals.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
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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 who are committed to improving the quality of life for all people in the growing field of human services. The program focuses on the delivery of services, accessibility, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions, as well as the planning, administration, and coordination of programs.

Coursework is designed to prepare you to:

  • Apply critical thinking to real-world situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical bases, best practices, and historical and current trends related to the human services profession.
  • Identify, plan, and utilize resources to improve client situations.
  • Understand proper professional, ethical, and legal workplace behavior.
  • Utilize information and systems to appropriately manage and deliver human services.
  • Recognize the importance of culture, gender, diversity, and global perspectives when working with clients.
  • Work with diverse funding sources, influence policy, and intervene on behalf of those in need.

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 the curriculum standards set forth by the CSHSE; however, it is not accredited by this agency.

The Center for Credentialing & Education can be contacted at: 3 Terrace Way, Greensboro, NC 27403-3660; Tel: 336.482.2856;

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 advance or pursue leadership positions in the field.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Service Orientation
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Active Listening
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. 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.

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.

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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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*Poverty statistic: U.S. Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016, Industry growth: 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.