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Program Evaluation and Data Analytics Specialization Master of Science in Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services

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Ten Required Courses



40 quarter credits

Core courses:

Theory and Application in Human Services

This course presents contemporary social problems addressed by human services professionals in the field and familiarizes learners with the community resources available to them. Learners examine the theories behind human services delivery and management in order to gain a broader understanding of the human services profession and the role of human services professionals within diverse delivery settings. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Human Services degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
The Effective Use of Analytics in Human Services

In this course, learners develop the skills needed to apply the early aspects of the life cycle of human services analytics. Learners examine the various data sources, data models, and algorithms and use basic tools to complete an analysis. Learners also collaborate within teams to evaluate case studies and explore the ways in which stakeholders’ needs are met through data analytics. 

4 quarter credits
HMSV5320 *
Ethical Practice in Human Services

Learners in this course analyze the ethical standards and expectations required of human services professionals in research and practice. Learners apply an ethical problem-solving framework to solve a variety of ethical dilemmas and issues relevant to the human services field. Prerequisite(s): HMSV5002.

4 quarter credits
Diversity and Inclusion in Human Services

This course is a survey of theories, research, and concepts that highlight the importance of race, culture, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity in individual and group experience. Learners consider the effects of gender, social class, religion, and disability on experience and evaluate the role of the human services and educational professional in addressing the multicultural needs of clients and colleagues in the workforce. Learners also examine community cultural competency and practice applying a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies to real-life scenarios. 

4 quarter credits
Interpersonal and Leadership Skills for Human Services Professionals

In this course, learners develop the fundamental professional communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and information literacy skills necessary for working with individuals, communities, and agencies. Throughout the course, learners apply techniques for developing goals and recommending strategies and explore appropriate ways for disseminating information to assist stakeholders in achieving those goals. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV5993 *
Human Services Capstone for Master’s Learners

In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in their specialization area by applying learning from required and elective courses to complete an analysis of a human service organization or system or to propose a new application in their professional field. For MS in Human Services learners only. Prerequisite(s): All required and elective coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

Foundations in Human Services Analytics

Learners in this course apply data management fundamentals to data models. Learners examine the concepts of data mining; Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes; and data warehouses and evaluate applied analytics in human services organizations. 

4 quarter credits
HMSV5510 *
Data Sources in Human Services Analytics

In this course, learners explain database methodologies including relational databases, flat files, dimensional modeling, RSS feeds, and multi-dimensional modeling. Learners examine the impact of data quality on analytics and apply Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) techniques and processes. Finally, learners evaluate the ways in which data warehouses, data marts, and multidimensional cubes can be applied to decision making and action. Prerequisite(s): HMSV5500.

4 quarter credits
HMSV5520 *
Reporting Solutions in Human Services Analytics

In this course, learners examine reporting solutions that use analytics. Learners also articulate the relevance and importance of data analytics in the practice of human services; analyze, select, and apply reporting solutions to fit an organizational need; and evaluate different reporting frameworks. Prerequisite(s): HMSV5500.

4 quarter credits
HMSV5530 *
Statistical Methods in Human Services Analytics

In this course, learners study the collection, organization, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of data using statistical methods. In particular, learners practice using appropriate technology tools to obtain a result using statistical methods and collaborate with team members to compare processes, techniques, and conclusions in order to understand various perspectives. Prerequisite(s): HMSV5500.

4 quarter credits



Two Elective Courses



8 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).






48 quarter credits


* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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