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MS in Human and Social Services

Further your commitment to social change.

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

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Learn to help organize, coordinate, promote, and lead efforts in communities to improve living and working conditions and assess community needs.
Study the prevention, intervention, and promotion of well-being in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and organizations.
This specialization focuses on providing the core competencies to meet that need for those who interact within organizations, communities, and governments.
Explore both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for offenders as well as their victims.
Gain an understanding of how different counseling practices are used to help individuals overcome the disorders.
Explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, for diverse populations and communities.
Explore the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging.
Develop a global consciousness and cultural awareness to serve a variety of international groups, and strategies for working effectively across them.
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.
In the Mental Health Facilitation specialization, you will develop the skills to help individuals navigate community mental health services.
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.
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

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.

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this 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 costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling , to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

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

Mildred Peyton

"Walden truly wants its students to succeed and carry on its mission and vision."

Mildred Peyton | PhD in Human Services Graduate