Master's Degree in Human Services

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an online human services master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations

Tests

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into some master's level degree programs in human services. The average scores for students studying health and medical sciences are reported here.

Additional Requirements

None

What undergraduate degrees do human services master’s students typically hold?

  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in human services?

  • Volunteer with a human services organization in your community to gain hands-on experience in the field.
  • Complete an internship or research project with a non-profit, government or other agency providing support services.
  • Follow a professional organization or publication that focuses on social policy understanding, analysis and planning.
  • Attend an open meeting held by a human services organization in your local area.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online human services master’s students?

  • David C. Maloney Scholarship: Sponsored by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), this annual scholarship is awarded to a student NOHS member who is enrolled in a program that specifically includes “human services” in the program title.
  • Harold McPheeters Scholarship: Sponsored by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), this annual scholarship is awarded to a student NOHS member who has successful experience in the field as a volunteer, part-time or full-time employee and is enrolled in a human services program.
  • Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarships: Students who have a proven commitment to community service, particularly those who have been active in tobacco prevention and control initiatives, are eligible to apply for $5,000 scholarships offered through the Legacy organization.
  • JCC North America Graduate Scholarships Program: Graduate students interested in involvement with the Jewish Community Centers Association and the JCC Movement are eligible to apply for this program, which includes $10,000 for up to two years of study, a service commitment and work in the JCC Movement after graduation.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online human services master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • An understanding of policy concerns related health care, education and other social issues that affect quality of life
  • The ability to interpret human services research and apply it to decisions about service development and implementation with a diverse population of recipients
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical standards related to the administration and management of human services programs
  • The ability to facilitate effective partnerships and community relationships involved in the delivery of needed services

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in human services, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Health Educators

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $53,800
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      56,720
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      68,631
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +21%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Maryland — $83,140
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD — $96,050
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $47,540
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Jefferson City, MO — $38,720
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $37,660
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      103,840
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      124,608
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +20%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $55,410
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bay City, MI — $66,790
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Idaho — $37,860
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Coeur d'Alene, ID — $34,500
  • Social and Community Service Managers

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $65,750
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      115,330
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      139,549
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +21%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $83,140
    • City with Highest Pay

      Madera-Chowchilla, CA — $91,200
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Maine — $55,650
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bismarck, ND — $58,430
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $41,090
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      83,120
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      108,887
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +31%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Michigan — $50,890
    • City with Highest Pay

      Lansing-East Lansing, MI — $66,970
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Rhode Island — $34,020
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Waterbury, CT — $44,050
  • Marriage and Family Therapist

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $51,690
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      29,060
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      37,487
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +29%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $71,250
    • City with Highest Pay

      Raleigh-Cary, NC — $80,310
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      New Jersey — $71,250
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Salisbury, MD — $41,170

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the human services field today?

  • Journal of Human Services: Published by the National Organization for Human Services, the most recent issue is available online; topics covered are applicable for faculty, practitioner and student audiences.
  • The NonProfit Times: This online magazine covers a wide range of topics relevant to those managing nonprofit organizations; learn more about working with sponsors, grant writing, fundraising and more.
  • Social Work Today: View the online version of this magazine as a flip-book or PDF to find the latest research and news about the social work profession.
  • Health and Human Rights Journal: Learn more about the global movement toward health equity through this open online publication from the Francois-Xavier Center for Health and Human Rights.
  • Health and Aging: This collection of free ebooks and tip sheets addresses issues ranging from caregiving and exercise to longevity and financial planning, and is provided by the National Institutes of Health.

What RSS feeds related to human services are worth subscribing to?

Programs

  1. Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division

    10 Master’s Programs Available
  2. Bellevue University

    27 Master’s Programs Available
  3. Capella University

    66 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • (888) 227-3552

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Primarily Online
    • Campus Setting: City: Large
    • Student Population: 56,009
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 8792

    Master’s Programs Available

  4. Chadron State College

    21 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 1000 Main St
    • Chadron, NE
    • (308) 432-6000

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: Town: Remote
    • Student Population: 3,889
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 272

    Master’s Programs Available

  5. Concordia University-Saint Paul

    17 Master’s Programs Available
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