Academic Programs

Master of Science in Human Services (M.S.H.S)

Albertus Magnus College

The Master of Science in Human Services in the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies is the second most sought after master's degree at Albertus Magnus College. Designed for working adults who wish to advance themselves in the human services field, this 39-credit program is offered in an 8-week accelerated format, which allows students to graduate in approximately 18 months.

The program, offered in our blended format, combines in-class sessions and online assignments. (Classes are held at our beautiful New Haven campus.) Our blended classes are arranged so you go to school one night per week; all other assignments are done from the comfort of home. Students who choose this option often enjoy the best of "both worlds" as they benefit from in-class discussion with their classmates and professors while maintaining the convenience of working on projects and assignments from home.

"Because of my wonderful experience at Albertus, I have enrolled in the Master of Science in Human Services Program. If you are looking for personal attention and a quality education, Albertus Magnus College is the school for you."

Claudette Tracey '10

What is unique about the M.S. in Human Services at Albertus Magnus College?

The M.S. in Human Service program prepares psychosocial health professionals for the growing number of professional and leadership positions available in a variety of public and private agencies. Courses will prepare students to do the following:

  • Advocate for clients through knowledge of community resources in the human services network
  • Analyze major social issues, social problems, and current socio-political and sociocultural events, which affect human services
  • Apply basic methods and techniques used to evaluate individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or cognitive impairments
  • Examine concepts and principles of case management practice with special populations such as older adults, children and families, persons with serious and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, and persons with chronic disease and those facing end of life decisions
  • Study career development theories and counseling theories related to vocational rehabilitation
  • Implement common psychosocial treatment approaches based on key theories and related concepts
  • Define achievable goals of counseling and contributions and limitations of various treatment modalities
  • Understand and apply legal and ethical standards affecting the delivery of human services
  • Assess behavioral, cognitive, affective, and environmental factors in order to identify and set long-term achievable client goals
  • Evaluate psychological and socio-cultural aspects of normal and abnormal behavior, theories of causation, and treatment approaches
  • Gain field/internship experience in a private or public human service agency
  • Participate in a capstone seminar, which provides further, in-depth research of current controversial issues relevant to the human services field
  • Students that complete the M.S. in Human Services at Albertus Magnus College are also eligible to enroll in the 18-credit Post Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling.

The Curriculum:

Core Requirements (15 - 18 credits)

  • HS 530 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Services (3 credits)
  • HS 531 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Human Services (3 credits)
  • HS 536 Case Management (3 credits)
  • HS 580 Field Experience (3-6 credits)
  • HS 600 Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Required Psychology Courses (15 credits)

  • PY 530 Theories of Counseling (3 credits)
  • PY 533 Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PY 537 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • PY 539 Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • PY 540 Organizational Behaviour & Group Dynamics (3 credits)

Course Descriptions

HS 530 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services:  This course focuses on ethical and legal issues relevant to the delivery of human services. Topics include ethical principles based on the guidelines of the American Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, and American Psychological Association. Ethical and legal issues related to vulnerable populations, behavioral interventions, self determination, and professional boundaries will be included.

HS 580 Field Experience:  Students acquire work experiences in a private or public human service agency under the supervision of the agency staff as well as a College faculty member. Students who are currently employed in a human services setting may choose an action research project in place of part of the field experience. This is an on-site course.

HS 531 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Human Services: 
This course focuses on the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services. Topics include diversity issues related to clarifying expectations, dealing effectively with conflict, societal context, ethical behavior, techniques for building rapport in diverse groups, problem-solving, decision-making, and predicting outcomes.

HS 660 Capstone Seminar: Students read and discuss professional literature relevant to the human services field, including articles related to current controversial issues and to the functions performed by their own agencies. Library research which concludes with a  substantial literature review paper is required.

Required Psychology Courses

PY 530 Theories of Counseling:  A survey of major theories of counseling, including the principal psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, that constitute the foundation of all mental health professions. In addition to covering traditional schools of thought, emphasis will be placed on contemporary developments in the area of brief or time-limited treatment and the special difficulties inherent to this change in standard clinical practice.

PY 533 Psychopathology: An overview of abnormal psychology, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, neuropsychiatric, and socio-cultural perspectives as well as descriptive psychopathology. The course also entails a thorough grounding in the official psychiatric classification system (currently DSM-IV-TR) that is used by all hospital, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities as per requirements of third-party payers and treatment review boards.

PY 536 Case Management: This course examines concepts and principles of case management practice with special populations such as older adults, children and families, persons with serious and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, and persons with chronic disease and those facing end of life decisions. The core functions of case management practice in a range of settings are addressed in relationship to issues of diversity, vulnerability, and empowerment.

PY 537 Counseling Techniques: Students will learn contemporary approaches to the counseling process, including intake, initial evaluation/treatment planning, cultivating the therapeutic relationship, interviewing strategies, selected interventions, and termination-related issues. In this mixed didactic-experiential context, skill-building exercises will be used to link theory with practice and develop students’ proficiency in conducting helping interviews.

PY 539 Program Evaluation: Students will acquire knowledge and skills needed for the systematic assessment of the effectiveness of psychosocial intervention programs: evaluating the outcomes of treatments provided by human services agencies. In addition to standard research design, emphasis will also be placed on program planning and evaluation models that are widely used in the field.

PY 540 Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics: This course examines the theoretical assumptions of organizational behavior and the issues and challenges which arise when leading or facilitating groups. Students investigate the relationships between the individual, the group, and the organization. Students also explore the various stages of groups, including pre-group assessment and screening of group members, group development, the initial stage, the working stage, the transition stage, and the ending stage of groups. Ethical and multicultural issues that apply to groups are examined.

PY 581 Action Research Project: Students conduct original empirical research under faculty supervision, typically evaluating the effectiveness of a specific human services program. The project may be designed and implemented wholly by the student, be part of a larger research program being conducted at the agency, or involve the standard psychosocial interventions provided by the agency. This course may be taken in lieu of 3 credits of field experience by students who have extensive experience in a human services agency.

Elective Credits (6 - 9 Credits)

  • HS 514 Resolving Conflict through Dialogue (3 credits)
  • HS 532 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • PY 541 Addictions Counseling (3 credits)
  • PY 542 Career Counseling & Vocational Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • PY 581 Action Research Project (3 credits)

Elective Course Descriptions

HS 514 Resolving Conflict through Dialogue: The meaning of conflict resolution adopted in this course is focused on peaceful, non-violent mechanisms, spanning formal and informal interactions and bargaining between disputants to reach procedural and substantive solutions. Levels of conflicts and resolution settings are often differentiated by identifying the adversaries, whether they are nation-states, ethnic groups, business or political organizations community groups, neighbors, or individuals. Students will examine these perspectives in order to understand various layers where conflicts arise, and to make comparisons across issues and participants noting similarities and contrasts in resolution manner, effort, and achievement. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

HS 532 Human Resource Management:  This course examines the principles and issues of human resource management, including the management of information systems. Emphasis is on the design of formal systems and the functions performed in organizations to ensure the most effective use of human resources. Attention is paid to strategies used by managers for the recruitment, retention, and development of human resources to produce a positive workplace environment. Legal and ethical issues encountered by human resource managers are also discussed.  This course is delivered in a blended format. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

PY 541 Addictions Counseling: Students will learn the major approaches to understanding and treating substance related disorders. Topics will include the addiction process, case assessment, treatment methods and resources, and the elements of recovery. Emphasis will be placed on empirically supported concepts and interventions. Dual diagnosis, the treatment process, and ethical issues in addictions counseling will also be included. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

PY 542 Career Counseling: Through an examination of career development theories and decision-making models, the student will gain an understanding of career development planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation. The interrelationships among work and other life roles will also be explored. Attention will be paid to the special problems faced by disabled workers in vocational rehabilitation. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.8 on a 4.0 system.
  • Completed application with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Successful completion of comprehensive qualifying interview (in some cases);
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors (within the last 5 years) and/or from current or recent professional associates;
  • An essay, two pages double-spaced, describing your reasons for applying and your professional goals; (If you are working in the Human Services field, please describe your current position.)
  • A current resume;
  • Proficiency in the English language, as demonstrated by at least four years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam; Satisfactory scores will be considered to be 70 or higher if the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is taken. If the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is taken, a satisfactory score will be considered 580 or higher.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended;
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements.

Note: Students are required to have a minimum of 15 credits in psychology, human services, and/or social work as a prerequisite to beginning course work in the M.S. in Human Services. Students must also demonstrate graduate level writing ability or take GCC 500 Advanced Academic Writing. (GCC 500 can be taken prior to or concurrent with beginning coursework in the M.S. in Human Services)

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The benefits of studying with Albertus Magnus College

The Division of Professional and Graduate Studies offers courses in their Accelerated Degree Program to help fit the busy lifestyle of adult students that have the increased pressures of family and work. Students may take one course or two courses every eight weeks with the ability to complete 15 credits or up to 30 credits in a full-year. (Students that take two courses every eight weeks will earn the same amount of credits as a traditional full-time student!)

Graduate students and undergraduate students in the Accelerated Degree Program receive the following benefits:

The ability to take one or two classes in an eight-week format (up to 30 credits in one year)

Personalized faculty assistance with a faculty-student ratio of 1:14

Customized guidance (both online and on-ground) from our program directors, department chairs, and academic advisors

Access to Career Services for individual appointments, workshops, career fairs, and recruitment events

Access to Internships and experiential learning

Financial aid for eligible part-time and full-time students

For general questions contact:
Professional & Graduate Studies
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-773-8505

For further information contact:
Ragaa Mazen, Director of the Master of Human Services Program
(203) 773-8574 or rmazen@albertus.edu