MS in Human Services

Grow as a practitioner and lead meaningful change for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Become the next-level practitioner and leader you want to be with Walden’s MS in Human Services program. Gain the confidence to lead departments and organizations that are serving the greater good. In this online program, you can:

  • Develop highly applicable skills such as grant writing, motivational interviewing, assessment, and cultural humility.
  • Discover an interactive learning experience that brings concepts to life through virtual simulations and animated case studies.
  • Choose from a broad range of specializations and tailor your coursework to your professional interests and goals.
  • Turn your assignments into a comprehensive digital portfolio that you can showcase once you graduate.

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Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 24 credits

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Explore the full spectrum of human services competencies and strategies you need to make a greater difference in your community.
Study the prevention, intervention, and promotion of well-being in a variety of settings.
Examine both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for both offenders and victims.
Focus on theories and strategies to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities in crisis.
Explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention.
Discuss the impact of societal expectations on older adults and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging.
Gain a broad understanding of the nature of leadership in human service organizations, including management of nonprofits.
Develop the skills to help individuals navigate community mental health services.
Deepen your understanding of military culture by exploring topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma.


Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Articulate the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
  • Interpret and apply human services research to inform the practice of human 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 services delivery systems.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems.
  • Discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.

More about our MS in Human Services program

Community service organizations need advanced-level practitioners and qualified leaders to help them fulfill their mission. With a master’s in human services degree, you can open the door to rewarding new opportunities and become a catalyst for social change.

An MS in Human Services can academically prepare you for work such as:

  • Working for a nonprofit organization to address food insecurity in a community.
  • Helping people who are struggling with multiple problems of living, such as food insecurity, addictions, mental health issues, disabilities, homelessness, employment, and healthcare needs.
  • Assisting individuals seeking services and programs provided by governmental agencies.
  • Leading a department or organization of human services practitioners.

An MS in Human Services can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Community health and support centers
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Departments of health and human services
  • Schools
  • Government agencies

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

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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Note on Licensure: The MS in Human Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

Why earn your MS in Human Services at Walden?

“Thanks to my education, I am now the executive director of the AHEC, a nonprofit working to increase the healthcare workforce and ensure that those living in rural and underserved areas have access to quality healthcare.”

Robin Worthington | MS in Human Services Graduate

 Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the MS in Human Services program: Wisconsin.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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