Jul 22, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Human Services, MS

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Degree Requirements

The MS in Human Services requires successful completion of 13 competencies (39 credits), including the capstone project, according to the following guidelines:

II. Four competencies (12 credits)

In a concentration in either management or planning, choose from:

III. Three elective competencies (9 credits)

Three elective competencies (9 credits) chosen from among those required for other concentrations, as listed above, and/or from the following:

IV. A capstone project:


In lieu of the standard management and planning concentrations, a student may tailor a concentration in gerontology or dispute resolution, with the permission of the appropriate program director and the director of the Human Services Program. For further information on these programs, see the “Dispute Resolution” and “Gerontology” sections of this publication.

Students demonstrate competencies through course work and a combination of independent study and prior learning. All students are required to complete the program within the four-year statute of limitations. Entering students who bring with them a substantial amount of classroom and work experience may complete the degree in two academic years.

Admission Requirements

Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate programs in the “Admissions ” section of this publication, and the “Special Instructions for Applicants to Individual Programs” section of the application for admission to graduate study.

The MS in Human Services Admission Committee seeks to admit students with a diversity of backgrounds and educational and professional experiences. Applicants will be recommended for admission on the basis of both academic preparation to pursue graduate studies and appropriate professional experience in human services. Evidence of those qualifications includes

  1. A resume of professional activities that demonstrates substantial practical experience (paid or volunteer) in public or community service, and a personal statement that reflects harmony between the student’s goals and program options.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a supervisor currently working with the applicant in a professional context.
  3. A score on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination. Please note: A test score is not required if the applicant holds an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. university.

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