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Social and Community Services
Master of Science in Human Services

Today’s human services manager needs more than inspiration to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders in the community. Organizations depend on your ability to build collaborative partnerships, manage resources, and design services that have social, economic, and cultural impact. An online Master of Science in Human Services, Social and Community Services specialization can equip you with advanced skills to empower communities and help expand your career potential in a dynamic field. You’ll learn from a diverse faculty of scholar-practitioners who have real-world experience and are fluent in the latest research. Leverage your passion and skills to become an effective manager and advocate for social change.

This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work or counseling professions.

Skills to empower

Develop the skills to empower and advocate for individuals and communities in for-profit, nonprofit, or government settings.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Professionally aligned curriculum

Gain relevant skills and knowledge from a competency-based curriculum designed around the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and the National Organization for Human Services.

Classes start October 10

Use the code SUMMER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • 100% online
  • 5 Core courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Human Services degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSHS in Social and Community Services.

Job titles to explore

  • Social services manager
  • Social services director
  • Program coordinator
  • Program manager
  • Program director
  • Executive director
  • Community outreach manager
  • Community outreach director
  • Adoption services manager
  • Director of child welfare services
  • Vocational rehabilitation manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Individual and family services
  • Continuing care retirement facility
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Grantmaking/giving service
  • Religious organization
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private for-profit social service company
  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Shelter

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