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Gain the skills you need to help those who need it most

If you want to change lives, trust Walden to help set your goals in motion. A master’s in human services degree focuses on developing the practical and leadership skills necessary to make a positive difference for individuals, families, and communities.


Our coursework aligns with rigorous professional standards set forth by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

Marketable Skills

Gain the expertise employers seek in areas such as grant writing, ethical and legal considerations, and communication and writing skills.

Engaging Curriculum

Engage in an interactive learning community that brings concepts to life through simulations and animated case studies.

International Perspective

Broaden your global understanding of the human services field and prepare to pursue opportunities around the world.

Multiple Specializations

Choose from a wide range of specializations to tailor your learning to your personal passions and career goals.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $2,500 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Explore the full spectrum of human services competencies and strategies to prepare you to make a greater difference in the community you serve.

Community and Social Services

This specialization prepares you to work in community social work in nonlicensure roles.

Criminal Justice

Explore both traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for offenders as well as their victims.

Disaster Crisis and Intervention

This specialization focuses on theories and strategies to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities in crisis.

Family Studies and Interventions

Explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention.

Studies in Aging

Explore the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging.

Human Services Nonprofit Administration

Gain a broad understanding of the nature of leadership in human service organizations, including management of nonprofits.

Mental Health

Develop the skills to help individuals navigate community mental health services.

Military Families and Culture

Deepen your understanding of military culture; explore topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma; and examine how frequent relocations, parent-child separation, and extensive deployments impact military families.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online master’s in human services program 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.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Human Services?

Find Your Opportunity to Create Real Change

The growing demand for individual and family social services—from addiction treatment to senior care—means a greater need for qualified human services leaders. By 2029, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 17%, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Walden’s MS in Human Services program prepares you to help facilitate social services in various settings around the world. Gain in-demand skills that open up a world of possibilities, whether you dream of forming your own organization or forging ahead into leadership roles.

By 2026, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 18%, 



What Can I Do With a Master’s in Human Services?

An MS in Human Services from Walden can prepare you for a number of direct nontherapeutic services or leadership positions in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations.

These include:

  • Human services administrator (coordinator, director, program lead)
  • Agency coordinator
  • Foster care case coordinator
  • Family services specialist
  • Program director
  • Development director
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Emergency management manager
  • Community and social service specialist

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online master’s in human services degree program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

A master’s in human services degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2019, social and community service managers in government, civic, community, and other organizations earned median salaries between $60,180 and $85,550 per year.1


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