Human Services, MS

Professionals with graduate degrees in human services are needed to address a wide range of societal issues—whether by providing direct services, supervising personnel, or administering programs and policies. Often responsible for working with vulnerable populations, human services professionals must be adept at conducting assessments, developing service plans and policies, leading interdisciplinary teams, and managing care for at-risk clients.

To address this important need, the College of Professional Studies offers the online Master of Science in Human Services. In addition to a solid core curriculum, the program offers several electives, as well as concentrations in leadership, organizational communication, and global studies—enabling you to focus your graduate studies in the area that best matches your interests and career objectives. Reflecting Northeastern’s philosophy of practice-oriented education, this human services master’s degree includes work-based applications and a capstone service-learning project, offering you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge within your chosen specialty. This human services graduate degree program seeks to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue a leadership role in the fulfilling field of human services.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

HSV 6100Theory and Practice of Human Services (Required as the first course)3
HSV 6110Human Services Management and Development3
HSV 6120Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building3
HSV 6630Research and Evaluation in Human Services3
HSV 6640Policy Issues in Human Services3
HSV 6160Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs3
The following course should be taken last:
HSV 6980Capstone3

Elective Courses

Complete three of the following:9
Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
Grant and Report Writing
Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
Intercultural Communication
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Global Studies

Required Courses
GST 6100Globalization and Global Politics and Economics4
GST 6101Global Literacy, Culture, and Community4
GST 6320Peace and Conflict4
Complete one of the following:4
Regional Studies: East Asia
Regional Studies: Middle East
Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Studies: Europe
Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
Regional Studies: Latin America


LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability (Prerequisite)3
LDR 6110Leading Teams3
LDR 6120Developing Organizational Leadership3
LDR 6150Innovation and Organizational Transformation3
Choose one of the following courses:3
Ethical Leadership
Strategy Development and Implementation

Organizational Communication

CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
CMN 6020Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication3
CMN 6050Crisis Communication3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6110Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45-46 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required