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Master of Science in Human Services

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. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and the law as related to the field of human services.
  5. Evaluate and interpret research data.

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. 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
  5. 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.

The Course Requirements of 30 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Human Services consists of program specific courses.

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Human Services Sem. Hrs.
FT 7302 Professional Ethics and the Law
FT 7320 Human Development
FT 7336 Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships
LD 6360 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
RS 6339 Research and Evaluation
FT 7381 Human Services Occupational Competency 3
Total Required Course Hours for Masters Degree 18
Elective Courses
The student must choose four courses from the following:
FT 7300 Ethics and Professional Identity
FT 7301 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
FT 7304 Premarital/Remarital Counseling
FT 7306 Community and Social Systems
FT 7308 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
FT 7310 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
FT 7311 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
FT 7317 Ministerial Counseling with Children and Adolescents
FT 7322 Theories of Personality Development
FT 7323 Marriage and Family Development
FT 7326 Social and Multicultural Diversity
FT 7330 Interpersonal and Family Dynamics
FT 7331 Marital and Family Systems
FT 7333 Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders
FT 7334 Psychology of Grief, Death, and Dying
FT 7337 Group Counseling
FT 7340 Assessment of Individuals and Families
FT 7355 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
PS 6306 Christian Marriage and Family Life
PS 6309 Introduction to Christian Counseling
PT 7350 Lifestyle and Career Development
Total Elective Hours 12
Total Hours for Masters Degree 30

Common Titles:

  • Account Representative
  • Adolescent Care Specialist
  • Business Owner
  • Caseworker
  • Chaplain
  • Child Advocate
  • Church Development Coordinator
  • Company Executive
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Crisis Intervention Advocate
  • Educational Intervention Specialist
  • Family Advocate
  • Life Coach
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Youth Pastor

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