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Master of Science in Human Services

Emphasis on Gerontology Services

The Masters of Science in Human Services (gerontology services) is designed for those who are working in human services agencies and want to earn the competence to be leaders or administrators with specialized knowledge and skills to work with those in late and later adulthood.

The format is designed for working adults who wish to participate in a rigorous manner in a course of graduate study.

  • Courses are 16 weeks long, which gives students and professors time enough to thoughtfully consider and apply concepts at the graduate level.
  • Face-to-face classes and courses will always be held on Saturdays, and each class will be 2 ½ hours long, so that a time commitment on a Saturday will never be more than six clock hours, for two classes (plus driving time). Saturday classes will be offered at the Henry Regional Academic Center.
  • Courses are offered in a hybrid delivery system, which will include a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes.
  • The first semester, students will take six credit hours, that is, two courses, to insure success. Those first courses will be face-to-face, so that professors who teach in the program can get to know students, and students can get to know their professors!

The curriculum looks like this:

The Master of Science in Human Services is a 36-credit hour program. All courses are three credit hours.

A. Required Core: 27 hours

  • 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

B. Area of Concentration:Gerontology Services: 9 hours

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