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.
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
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
"Applying personal experiences to my assignments has been an aspect I was not expecting, but it has made for a more well-rounded approach to my education. "
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
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Master of Science in Human Services General Requirements
45 total quarter hours required.
HSV 6100 - Theory and Practice of Human Services
HSV 6110 - Human Services Management and Development
HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
HSV 6630 - Research and Evaluation in Human Services
HSV 6640 - Policy Issues in Human Services
HSV 6160 - Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs
HSV 6980 - Capstone
Note: HSV 6980 should be taken last.
Complete three of the following:
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6130 - Fund-Raising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations
CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
Choose one from the following:
Concentration in Global Studies
GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
GST 6320 - Peace and Conflict
Complete one of the following:
GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
Concentration in Leadership
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
LDR 6120 - Organizational Leadership
LDR 6150 - Transforming Organizations
Choose one of the following courses:
LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
LDR 6140 - Strategic Leadership
Concentration in Organizational Communication
CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
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