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FAQs for Master of Science in Human Services

Where is the degree offered? The Master of Science in Human Services is offered at the Henry Regional Academic Center near McDonough, Georgia. However, courses are offered on Saturdays and in online format to allow students from Macon and the greater Atlanta area to participate.

How long does it take to complete the degree? The Master of Science in Human Services consists of 36 credit hours and takes approximately 2 years to complete.

Who should enroll? Human services professionals who hold staff positions and are ready for a leadership position would benefit from this program. The Master of Science in Human Services prepares the graduate student to take a leadership role in a small non-profit or to be an administrator in a large agency.

What are the benefits of this degree? The Nonprofit Sector's Leadership Deficit White Paper states that the nonprofit sector will likely need nearly 80,000 new leaders by 2016. The foundation block of the proposed graduate program will prepare graduates in the areas of program planning, ethics, marketing, resource development, and entrepreneurship.

What other colleges and schools offer this degree? There are presently no traditional Master in Human Services programs offered in the State of Georgia.

How are courses offered? The sixteen week class schedule in a hybrid delivery format responds to the needs of non-traditional students. This format allows students to enroll in the Master of Science in Human Services program while being able to meet their professional and personal obligations. Courses will be scheduled in either traditional, face-to-face format or in on-line format.Face-to-face classes will meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:30 or 1:30-4:00 at the Henry Regional Academic Center.

How many courses does a student take at one time? Students may enroll in a maximum of nine credit hours of coursework during regular semesters (fall and spring) and a maximum of six hours of coursework in the summer.

What courses are offered? There is a required core of 27 hourswhich includes the following 9 courses:

  • Ethics for Human Services Professionals
  • Families in Culture
  • Human Services Systems, Policies, and Procedures
  • Grantmaking
  • Human Behavior and Leadership
  • Marketing, Resource Development, and Entrepreneurship
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Human Services Research Project

The Gerontology Services area of concentration required for the degree consists of the following 3 courses (9 credit hours):

  • Adult Development
  • Nutrition and Health Services for Older Adults
  • Leisure and Recreational Services for Older Adults

Does this program lead to licensure? The Human Services Field has a certification:the HS-BCP Human Services Board Certified Professional.

Is there an internship required for this program? There is no internship requirement for the degree.