Master of Science in Human Services

School of Public Service and Education

Fuel your passion for helping others by building the leadership, collaboration, and advocacy skills needed to solve real-world problems in Capella’s online master’s in human services program.

Why choose Capella?

Put your interest in advocacy, management, planning, or research to the test with a master’s in human services. Help change the face of public service using a multidisciplinary approach.

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.

Relevant, Real-World Education

Build leadership skills and take on real-world challenges with RiverBend City, which simulates on-the-job situations.

Skills to Drive Transformational Change

Learn concepts and models that enable transformational change in organizations and communities.

Specializations to Meet Your Goals

Choose to specialize in leadership & organizational management, program evaluation & data analytics, or social and community services.

Programs that Fit Your Life

Tackle coursework on your schedule with 24/7 online access to your courseroom anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn from PhD faculty—seasoned professionals who are involved in the field and teach from real-world experience.

Program specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Capella University's Master of Human Services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Why Collaboration is Key to Human Services

Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These 3 examples from the field demonstrate why.

Find the Right Human Services Career for You

Jobs in human services range from working with clients to managing organizations to building infrastructures.

Which Human Service or Public Service Career Path Is Best for Me?

A guide to options for working in public safety, public administration, or human services.

Other programs to explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.


Master of Social Work

Gain advanced leadership skills and prepare to step into a general or clinical practice (in most states) in a management or supervisory role offering social work services.


Master of Public Administration

Grow the skills needed to work with diverse populations, manage public resources, and formulate responses to public administration, public health, and public safety issues.


Master of Public Health

 Prepare to improve the health of populations and learn to develop solutions to create healthy communities and improve heath access for diverse groups.

Ready for the next step?

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