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Human Services

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College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning

Human Services

  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Graduate

34 credits

required for program

Available online


$499 per credit


18–22 months

34 credits

34 credits

required for program

Available online


$499 per credit


18–22 months

Integrate your faith while developing the critical skills needed to work in public or private social services settings.

This degree might be the right fit for you if:

  • Enjoy helping people
  • Desire to understand people and their needs
  • Want a leadership position in social services

Why study human services at Northwestern?

At Northwestern, biblical ethics and a Christian worldview are embedded in the curriculum. One that challenges you to invest in others as you grow. With our small class sizes, you'll develop lasting friendships with your professors and other students.

The Master of of Human Services (MAHS) degree is available in an accelerated format. Our online modality accommodates work and family commitments. Holistically designed for busy, working adults.

Program Features

  • Non-licensure Master’s degree for those interested in social services
  • Earn a concentration in Family Studies
  • Equipped to serve a variety of populations and needs
  • Gain a unique perspective regarding how faith and human services intersect
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View career paths, potential employers, and career strategies related to the MAHS program.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Behavioral health
  • Child & family advocacy
  • Community education
  • Family service agencies
  • Justice systems
  • Ministry
  • Public health
  • Student affairs

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Nonprofit
  • Public health
  • Human and social service agencies
  • Businesses that provide individuals and families with assistance in a variety of areas

Strategies for success:

An effective strategy for success is to become familiar with human service agencies and start networking.

Professional associations:

National Organization for Human Services


Expected job growth in next 10 years (2020–2030)


America's "in-need" populations

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by TheBestSchools.org

What will I learn?

You will learn foundational principles and effective strategies for understanding and meeting the needs of individuals and families in the context of human service organizations.

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