Human Services (MA)

Volume 1: 2017.2018

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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This page was modified on 03 November 2017.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Description

The human services curriculum is designed to prepare students for professional careers in human and social service agencies. The curriculum incorporates interdisciplinary local and global perspectives and knowledge, which facilitate the interpretation, analysis, synthesis, and communication of human services concepts, theories, and skills.

This program is available at select U.S. campuses. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the scope of social and human conditions that promote or inhibit effective human services delivery systems, policies, and outcomes.
  • Identify core human services ethics, values, systems and skills. 
  • Evaluate policy or process recommendations to improve the functioning of human service agencies and interventions.
  • Apply current research-based knowledge, theories, skills, and ethics in a human services context.

Program Curriculum

 The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in human services must include the following courses:

  • HUMS 5000 Foundations in Human Services (3 hours)
  • COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5200 Social Welfare Policy (3 hours)
  • NURN 5360 Organization and Systems Leadership (3 hours)
    or MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • GERN 5660 Research and Assessment in Gerontology (3 hours)
    or EPSY 5800 Applied Research (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5800 Field Experience I (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5850 Field Experience II (3 hours)
  • HUMS 6000 Human Services Capstone (3 hours)
  • 4 appropriate graduate elective courses (12 hours), determined in consultation with the student's advisor and approved by the department.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all required admission materials to:

Webster University
Office of Admission
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement. 

This page was modified on 03 November 2017.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.