Human Services (MA)


Effective 1 June 2024 through 31 May 2025

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the College of Science and Health. It is available online and at the St. Louis main campus.

Program Description

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

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

  • HUMS 5000 Foundations of Human Services (3 hours)
  • COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5200 Social Welfare Policy (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • HRDV 5750 Research and Assessment Methods in Human Research Development (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5800 Field Experience I (3 hours)
  • HUMS 5850 Field Experience II (3 hours)
  • 4 appropriate graduate elective courses (12 hours), determined in consultation with the student's advisor and approved by the department.


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. 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 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.