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

Walden University

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Start date: Any time  
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
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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

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Get the skills and knowledge you need to lead positive change in your community by improving the quality of life for individuals and families. The M.S. in Human Services from Walden can help you advance your understanding of the human services profession, prepare for leadership or administrative roles in diverse settings, and become a change agent and advocate in your field. 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


In diverse populations, human services professionals must be in tune with the special needs of underrepresented or marginalized groups such as low-income, single-parent, gay and lesbian families, bisexual, and transgender. In this M.S. in Human Services specialization, you will explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention. At the completion of your studies, you will be able to recognize special treatment considerations and develop multimodal therapeutic approaches.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credit hours
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


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


  • A bachelors degree or higher
  • Two professional references

International Students

General Admission Requirements for International Students

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:

  • Official transcript(s) of highest degree or coursework completed to date
  • 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

English Proficiency Requirement

For most Walden programs, the language of instruction is English. Therefore, academic success depends upon a students ability to converse in, write, and understand English.

International applicants must submit official scores from one of the tests listed below:*

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based: 550; computer-based: 213; Internet-based: 79
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 82
  • Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 overall band score
  • Pearson Test of English: 53

Scores may not be more than two years old.

*Students are exempt from the English proficiency test if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The student is a permanent resident (as indicated on the application) of the following countries: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, the United Kingdom, the United States, or Wales.
  • The admitting degree is from an institution where the primary language of instruction and evaluation was in English, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicants university registrars office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Federal Financial Aid

Funding Your Education

As a Walden student, there are a number of resources available to you to help fund your education. Our enrollment advisors, along with our knowledgeable financial aid advisors, are committed to helping you identify your options and answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process. Currently two-thirds of Walden students receive some form of financial aid. Many defray up to 100% of their tuition and fees through Federal Direct Loans.*

Types of Financial Aid

The following are the loans and grant programs administered by Walden Universitys Office of Financial Aid. New and current students must meet eligibility requirements to receive and maintain federal student aid.

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • TEACH Grants
  • State Grants
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Private Loans

Application Deadlines

The Office of Financial Aid processes awards on a rolling basis. You are strongly encouraged to begin the application process at least four weeks prior to the start date of your program or renewal date of your existing loan. Your completed financial aid application, which includes all documents required for awarding and disbursing funds, is required 30 days prior to the end of the term in order for funds to be processed for that term. You must also maintain all federal aid eligibility requirements for the entire term.

Applications will be accepted in the last 30 days of the term, but the Office of Financial Aid cannot be held responsible if funds are not available for disbursement for the term. Delays can occur that are outside of the control of the Office of Financial Aid.

Walden expects its financial aid advisors to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out their responsibilities. Read the Walden University Financial Aid Code of Conduct.


Walden University is committed to providing broad access to higher education. Our scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the future of the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change.

Walden offers merit-based scholarships for academic and professional accomplishments. Certain scholarships may be available to international students.

  • Commitment to Social Change Scholarship, For incoming students
  • Dave Palmer Military Scholarship, For active-duty U.S. military
  • National Public Service Scholarship, For new and continuing students
  • NEA Full-Tuition Scholarship, For NEA members who are enrolled or are enrolling for the Sept. 4, 2012, start date in M.S. in Education, M.S in Early Childhood Studies, or M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Nurses of the Year Scholarships, For new students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
  • Positive Social Change Doctoral Scholarship, For new students enrolling in an applicable Ph. D, Ed. D or Ed. S. program
  • Presidential Scholarship, For Walden masters alumni pursuing doctorate
  • Masters in Math Education Scholarship and Grant
  • Ann Tunky Riley Scholarship, For new students enrolling in the College of Education and Leadership
  • Terry OBanion Leadership Scholarship, For new students enrolling in an applicable higher education program
  • Teacher of the Year Recipient Scholarship , For new Education students who were named a 20082011 State Teacher of the Year
  • Walden Leadership Fellow Program, For new students enrolling in Executive M.B.A. program


To recognize and encourage the research and social change efforts of current students and faculty, Walden offers competitive fellowships. These fellowships are administered by the Office of the President, not the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Don E. Ackerman Research Fellowship in Educational Leadership
  • Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change
  • Research Fellowship in Distance Education

Other Funding Options

Other potential sources for funding include:

  • Tuition-Reduction Opportunities
  • Private Education Loans
  • Monthly Payment Plans
  • Higher Education Professional Development Program
  • Veteran Benefits
  • Financial Assistance for International Students
  • Nursing Scholarship Resources
  • State Grant Aid

Grants, Scholarships, and Tuition Savings

We know that pursuing your degree is a significant investment of both time and money. Thats why our online programs are designed with life balance in mind and why we are committed to making your education more affordable.

$5,000 grant*

  • Doctoral programs (start on Dec. 3, 2012)
  • Masters programs (start on Dec. 3, 2012)
  • Bachelor's programs (start on Dec. 3, 2012)

$3,000 Grant

  • Ph.D. in Education (start on Dec. 3, 2012)

Tuition reduction for students residing outside of the United States

  • 30% for new students enrolling in Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Ph.D. in Public Health, Ph.D. in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Management programs
  • 20% for new students enrolling in all other bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs

$1,500 Scholarship§

  • Bachelors programs (starts through December 2013)

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