Prepare to address the needs of individuals, communities, and organizations within a global context, through:

  • A professionally focused curriculum.
  • Interactive case studies and simulations.
  • An interprofessional approach.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 18 months

  • Community and Social Services

    Study the prevention, intervention, and promotion of well-being in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and organizations.

  • Community Intervention and Leadership

    Learn to help organize, coordinate, promote, and lead efforts in communities to improve living and working conditions and assess community needs.

  • Conflict Management and Negotiation

    This specialization focuses on providing the core competencies to meet that need for those who interact within organizations, communities, and governments.

  • Criminal Justice

    Explore both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for offenders as well as their victims.

  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention

    Gain an understanding of how different counseling practices are used to help individuals overcome the disorders.

  • Family Studies and Interventions

    Explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, for diverse populations and communities.

  • Gerontology

    Explore the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging.

  • Global Social Services

    Develop a global consciousness and cultural awareness to serve a variety of international groups, and strategies for working effectively across them.

  • Human Services Nonprofit Administration

    Courses explore a variety of topics related to the organization and operation of nonprofits, to give you a broad understanding of the nature of leadership.

  • Mental Health Facilitation

    In the Mental Health Facilitation specialization, you will develop the skills to help individuals navigate community mental health services.

  • Military Families and Culture

    Explore topics such as PTSD and vicarious trauma, as well as learn how to help active and former military personnel and their families cope effectively with hardships.

  • Social Policy and Analysis and Planning

    From healthcare to hate crimes to the environment, you will study how you can impact the legislation that governs society.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Articulate the role that human and social services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
  • Interpret and apply human social services research to inform the practice of human and social services delivery systems.
  • Synthesize findings from research to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions and direct services.
  • Use knowledge of formal and informal networks in the development and evaluation of human and social services delivery systems.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human and social services systems.
  • Discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.

Additionally, our professionally-focused curriculum includes courses on grant writing, interprofessional practice, and the development of an ePortfolio.


More about our MS in Human and Social Services program

  • Career Options

    Depending on your specialization, your career options may include:*

    • Human services professional or administrator
    • Agency coordinator
    • Foster care counselor
    • Medical and health services manager
    • Program director
    • Family services specialist
    • Social and community service manager
    • Emergency management manager
    • Nonprofit leader
    • Elder services coordinator
    • Dispute resolution specialist
    • Mental health services coordinator

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Human and Social Services program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.202.9074, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Human and Social Services program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.202.9074.

Why earn your MS in Human and Social Services at Walden?

  • Tau Upsilon Alpha

    We recognize students with membership in our chapter of the National Organization for Human Services Honor Society.

  • Social Change

    Become more than a scholar; gain skills to help you make a difference in your community.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.



“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student