2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Nov 29, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

MS in Human Services


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 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 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 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 Services, they can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. 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 Services program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills necessary to advocate for a variety of individuals and groups in order to promote social change.
  2. Evaluate human services related scenarios in order to determine appropriate needs and solutions.
  3. Communicate effectively with diverse groups of individuals.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the human services profession in relation to its impact on the practice of human services.
  5. Analyze the appropriateness of human services practice for diverse individuals and groups.
  6. Advocate for the needs of diverse populations in order to promote positive social change.
  7. Develop a professional identity as a human service professional practitioner.

Degree Requirements


  • 48–53 total quarter credits depending on specialization
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Elective/specialization courses (15–20 cr.)
  • Capstone (5 cr.)

Core Curriculum


Elective/Specialization Courses (15–20 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Choose elective courses (5 cr. each) from any MS in Human Services specialization.

Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr. 
3    5 cr.
HUMN 6XXX Elective or Specialization Course 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Elective or Specialization Course 5 cr.
5–6 Elective or Specialization Course* 5 cr.
   5 cr.

* All specialization courses should be taken before HUMN 6660.

Note on Licensure


The MS in Human 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.