MS Human Services

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 The Master of Science in Human Services is a non-licensure program designed to introduce students to the dynamics of human development and interaction. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories, and techniques used in individual, group, and family counseling. This program does not qualify for, and will not enable one to obtain, licensure in any discipline or field from any governmental or regulatory agency. However, students graduating with a MS in Human Services will be prepared to work as private life coaches, in a church setting, governmental agency, or community agency. (Those interested in licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Counseling should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.)

 A comprehensive understanding of individual and family theories will be established through the core courses of the degree program, and students may utilize elective coursework to concentrate on a specific area of interest, e.g., family studies or ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Human Services, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in counseling individuals and groups, which can be applied in private settings, church settings, and/or other human service settings.
  2. Present evidence of possession of knowledge and skills appropriate for employment in the human services field.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills.
  4. Conduct himself or herself according to expected moral and ethical standards.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural diversity needs of clients.
  6. Evaluate and interpret research data and reports.

These outcomes are assessed in the successful completion of course work and personal educational goals.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the following capstone course:

            FT7381 Human Services Occupational Competency

The Course Requirements of 30 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Human Services includes program specific courses (15 semester hours), elective courses (12 semester hours), and a capstone course (3 semester hours).

 Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Science in Human Services may be completed in 4 semesters. A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

 Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Human Services

Before being graduated with the Master of Science in Human Services, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. A total of 30 graduate semester hours of the required course work;
  2. At least 18 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University. 
  3. Complete all required coursework.
  4. Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;
  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0; Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and
  6. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met. Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.