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Social and Community Services Specialization Master of Science in Human Services

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48 quarter credits

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses:

Nine Required Courses, 36 quarter credits

HMSV5002 Theory and Application in Human Services (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5334 Diversity and Inclusion in Human Services (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5320* Ethical Practice in Human Services (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5390 Interpersonal and Leadership Skills for Human Services Professionals (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5316 The Effective Use of Analytics in Human Services (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

HMSV5402 Social Change and Public Policy in Human Services (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5340 Leading in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government Organizations (4 quarter credits)
HMSV5314 Program Development and Evaluation in Human Services (4 quarter credits)

Integrative Project:

Taken during learner’s final quarter.

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

Three Elective Courses, 12 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

SHB8478 The Family in Social Context (4 quarter credits)
SHB8775 Issues in Aging, Grief, and Bereavement (4 quarter credits)


Choose any graduate course(s) (4 quarter credits each)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

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What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. 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 partly 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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