The Master of Arts in Human Services degree at Webster University prepares students for careers improving human service delivery systems and enacting positive changes through leadership in the social services field. Informed by Webster’s core values of inclusivity, social justice and global perspective, the human services curriculum teaches graduate students how to assist and empower diverse individuals, groups, families, and communities in need of assistance. Human services students learn to challenge their interpersonal assumptions and develop a culturally-competent approach to caring for all who need it.
Studies draw on the latest knowledge in related fields like sociology, psychology, counseling, non-profit management, and gerontology. Coursework helps students in the human services degree program become analytical, ethical, and knowledgeable professionals who respect the dignity and diversity of the people they serve.
Emphasis on Social Justice
Students are empowered to make change within social structures instituting inequalities.
Opportunities are presented to put theory into practice through real-world learning experiences.
Flexible elective options allow students to personalize their degree to serve their own career interests.
Webster's Human Services program details
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)
- GERN 5660 Research and Assessment in Gerontology (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.
Alumni Success and Job Outlook
Ultimately, the master's degree in human services enables graduates to work in a variety of the helping professions without having to seek a doctoral degree or additional professional licensure.
- Jobs for social and community service managers are predicted to increase 15% through 2030. In May 2021, the median annual wage for social and community service managers was $74,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
- Jobs for medical and health services managers are predicted to increase 32% through 2030. In May 2021, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
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