2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) 
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Human and Social Services

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Human services professionals make a positive difference every day. A commitment to improving the quality of life for others benefits the entire community. Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program helps students make an even greater impact by preparing them with the skills they need to become effective leaders in fostering social change. Students in this online master’s degree program focus on expanding their understanding of the delivery, accessibility, accountability, and coordination of agency services.

By earning their MS in Human and Social Services degree at Walden, students broaden their knowledge as human services professionals and advance their understanding of human services theory, research, and practice. Students learn strategies to address the ethical and social justice issues that are impacting the effective delivery of human services throughout the world today.

As graduates of the MS in Human and Social Services program, students can work in a variety of roles providing direct services to individuals, families, or communities or providing leadership to agencies and programs.

When students choose Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services, they can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearnSM. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables students to choose where and when they learn, but it also gives them the ability to choose how they learn.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates in the MS in Human and Social Services program will be prepared to:

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

Degree Requirements

  • General Program: 48 total quarter credits; with optional specialization: 53 total credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Elective/specialization courses (10–15 cr.)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence





 HUMN 6000 - Foundation of Graduate Study in Human Services  

3 cr.

 HUMN 6150 - Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services  

5 cr.


 HUMN 6152 - Human Services Administration  

5 cr.

 HUMN 6011 - Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services♦  

5 cr.


 HUMN 6100 - Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services♦  

5 cr.

 HUMN 6200 - Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services  

5 cr.


 HUMN 6207 - Grant Writing♦  

5 cr.

 Elective or Specialization courses 

5 cr.


 HUMN 6660 - Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals  

5 cr.

 Elective or Specialization courses

5–10* cr.

 *The General Program requires two electives (5 cr. each) in place of specialization courses.

Note on Licensure

The MS in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure, including, but not limited to, licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

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