Human Services

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Anywhere

Why Human Services?

The Master of Science in Human Services program provides the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a leadership role in the fulfilling field of human services.

Professionals with graduate degrees in human services are needed to address a wide range of societal issues—whether by providing direct services, supervising personnel, or administering programs and policies. Often responsible for working with vulnerable populations, human service professionals must be adept at conducting assessments, developing service plans and policies, leading interdisciplinary teams, and managing care for at-risk clients. To address this important need, the College of Professional Studies offers the online Master of Science in Human Services.

In addition to a solid core curriculum, the program offers several electives, as well as concentrations in leadership, organizational communication, and global studies—enabling you to focus your graduate studies in the area that best matches your interests and career objectives. Reflecting Northeastern’s philosophy of practice-oriented education, this human services master’s degree includes work-based applications and a capstone service-learning project, allowing you to deepen your knowledge within your chosen specialty. Upon completing this human services graduate degree, you will emerge with the foundation for a rewarding career and the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a leadership role in your chosen field.

 


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    Unique Features

    • Online Program designed to provide working professionals with flexibility and a highly interactive learning experience
    • Option for Capstone Service learning project
    • Specialize your focus by concentrating on global and regional studies, organizational communication, or leadership

    Program Objectives

    • Examine the development of human service policies and organizations
    • Explore organizational behavior and leadership issues in human service organizations
    • Acquire methods for facilitating community involvement, constructively engaging diverse groups of stakeholders in strategic partnerships, and building communities
    • Review human service social policy issues, including the privatization of welfare, trends in mental health care, the impact of immigration, and the ongoing debate over education and reproductive rights
    • Develop a conceptual framework for developing effective employee assistance programs

    What you'll study

    General Requirements

    Master of Science in Human Services General Requirements
    HSV 6100 - Theory and Practice of Human Services
    3.00
    HSV 6110 - Human Services Management and Development
    3.00
    HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
    3.00
    HSV 6630 - Research and Evaluation in Human Services
    3.00
    HSV 6640 - Policy Issues in Human Services
    3.00
    HSV 6160 - Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs
    3.00
    HSV 6980 - Capstone
    1.00 - 4.00

    Note: HSV 6100 is required as the first course. HSV 6980 should be taken last.

    Elective Courses

    Complete three of the following:

    NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
    3.00
    NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
    3.00
    CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
    3.00
    INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
    2.00

    Concentrations

    Concentration in Global Studies

    Required Courses

    GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
    4.00
    GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
    4.00
    GST 6320 - Peace and Conflict
    4.00

    Elective

    Complete one of the following:

    GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
    4.00
    GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
    4.00
    GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
    4.00
    GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
    4.00
    GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
    4.00
    GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
    4.00
    Concentration in Leadership

    Required Courses

    Note: LDR 6100 is a prerequisite to the other LDR courses.

    LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
    3.00
    LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
    3.00
    LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
    3.00
    LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
    3.00

    Choose one of the following courses:

    LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
    3.00
    LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation
    3.00
    Concentration in Organizational Communication
    CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
    2.00
    INT 6000 - Writing Lab
    1.00
    CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
    3.00
    CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
    3.00
    CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
    3.00
    CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
    3.00

     

    Did You Know?

    Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree. 

    Did You Know?

    By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our Global Network of more than 3,200+ employer partners and 245,000 alumni. 

    Average Time to Completion

    2-3 Years

    Commitment

    Full-Time
    Part-Time

    Entry Terms

    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter

    Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

    No


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