M.Sc. Human Services (Family Studies and Interventions)(online)

Walden University
The M.S. in Human Services from Walden University prepares you to start initiating change in your community by improving the quality of life of individuals and training you as a leader in various administrative roles. The Family Studies and Interventions specialization prepares you to implement intervention methods especially designed for marginalized groups such as gay and lesbian, bisexual or transgender communities.
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Description of Human Services (Family Studies and Interventions)

The M.S. in Human Services from Walden University teaches skills and knowledge that will help you to initiate positive change by improving the quality of life in your community. Learn and apply social practice methods, models and theories and get accustomed to how organizations work to solve problems and solve various social issues. Work to promote independent, responsible individuals inside different social groups. Prepare for leadership or administrative roles in diverse settings around the world, and make sure social systems remain accessible and effective to those who need them. Choose from six specializations, which all feature relevant coursework that can help you make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Family Studies and Interventions
  • General Program
  • Human Services Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Policy Analysis and Planning
Why choose the Family Studies and Interventions specialization?

The Family Studies and Interventions specialization trains professionals who can keep in touch with the needs of marginalized groups such as low-income, single-parent, gay and lesbian families, bisexual, and transgender communities. Keep informed and updated with information regarding these communities by exploring a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention. You will be able to recognize special treatment considerations and develop therapeutic approaches especially designed to the needs of such underrepresented groups.

Study outcomes

Graduates in the M.S. in Human Services program will be prepared to:

  1. Understand the role human services leaders play in promoting social change.
  2. Apply human services research to support human services delivery systems.
  3. Develop culturally relevant interventions and long-term services.
  4. Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems.
  5. Understand how personal values and attitudes affect leadership and planning.
Career options

As a graduate of the M.S. in Human Services program, you can work in a variety of roles providing direct services to individuals, families, or communities or providing leadership to agencies and programs. Today, there is a growing demand for people with advanced degrees who can step into administrative and leadership roles in human services organizations. The M.S. in Human Services can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Human services professional
  • Human services administrator
  • Agency coordinator
  • Foster care counsellor
  • Family services specialist
  • Development director
  • Assistance program director
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Emergency management manager
  • Community and social service specialist

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Anytime
Start date Any time  2015
Credits 51 credits
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction No interaction at all
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content


Quarter 1

  • Foundation of Graduate Study in Human Services
  • History and Development of Human Services

Quarter 2

  • Human Services Theory, Research, and Practice
  • Culture and Psychology

Quarter 3

  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Human Services Administration

Quarter 4

  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Human Sexuality

Quarter 5

  • Community Psychology
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Quarter 6

  • Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Counseling and Human Services Professionals

Requirements for Human Services (Family Studies and Interventions)

Admission requirements vary by program and degree level. For more information, please call an enrollment advisor.

Walden requires the following information to be considered for admission into any of its programs and the information may vary by program:

  • A bachelors degree or higher
  • Two professional references
  • English proficiency test scores (if applicable)
  • Goal Statement (Select Master's and Doctoral Programs Only)
  • Completed application
  • Current resume, when applicable
  • Access to a computer and the Internet
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

Work Experience for Human Services (Family Studies and Interventions)

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Computer and internet access.

More Information


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Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.

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