Master of Science in Human Services

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The Master of Science in Human Services program is designed for professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life for all people in the growing field of human services.* The program is designed to prepare current professionals for leadership positions in a variety of nonprofit, government, or private agencies that help drive positive change for families and communities. Earning this degree can help you advance in a position or pursue a leadership career within the human services field.

The program offers two degree concentrations:   

  • Family and community services
  • Organizational and social services
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Member of CSHSE

The 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.

Master of Science in Human Services Program Highlights

The curriculum prepares human services professionals to pursue leadership positions and to become advocates for change. You'll focus on the delivery of services; accessibility; the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions; as well as the planning, administration, and coordination of programs.

This program is designed to help you:

  • Examine broad organizational roles and functions and various methods of advocacy
  • Apply appropriate strategies using a theoretical and philosophical framework built on values of the human services profession
  • Assess information related to service delivery, including data analysis, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings
  • Evaluate personal expectations, values, ethics, and self-care strategies as they relate to professional practice
  • Analyze scope of populations served and appropriate methods of service delivery based on individual needs
  • Apply skills, strategies, and knowledge related to design, implementation, and evaluation of human services programs
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Master of Science in Human Services Concentrations

The Master of Science in Human Services program offers two degree concentrations. Focus on an area of interest that best suits your career goals.

Family and Community Services: Learn to address the complexities of developing and administering services for children and families. This specialization includes an emphasis 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 or interventions that address community needs.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

The Master of Science in Human Services is designed to help you advance or pursue leadership positions in the human services field. You could pursue the following career opportunities in a variety of organizations including state, government, nonprofit, or private sector:

  • Social or community service manager
  • Development director
  • Program manager
  • Executive director
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Grant writer

With America's expanding population of seniors, and nearly 15% of people currently living in poverty, there is an increasing need for experienced human and social services professionals.§ These "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.

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How Do I Get Started?

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


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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

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January 30, 2019

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February 27, 2019

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April 17, 2019

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May 15, 2019

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July 03, 2019

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July 31, 2019

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September 18, 2019

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October 16, 2019

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December 04, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

Both core courses and concentration courses provide a comprehensive education in theory and practice. You will work on developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will assist you in meeting your personal and professional goals in your chosen specialization area. Choose from two degree concentrations:  

  • Family and community services
  • Organizational and social services
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits30
  • Elective Credits15
  • Total Credits45

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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*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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment 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.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016,

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

#Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.