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

Keeping with the Albertus Magnus College values of community, study, and service, the Master of Science in Human Services is a 39 credit graduate program designed to prepare students to pursue rewarding careers in a wide variety of human and social service settings. With courses like Case Management, Counseling Techniques, and Addictions Counseling, students gain advanced professional knowledge and skills to work in leadership positions with a diverse range of clients and populations.

The M.S. in Human Services also requires 3-6 credits of field-based experience in a private or public human service agency, which provides students with opportunities to pursue careers that match their personal interests. Through the College’s partnerships with nonprofit organizations, local schools, stage agencies, housing developments, and urban coalitions, students are exposed to many opportunities that exist in the field of human services and are given the advantage to network with many prominent community leaders.

The Master of Science in Human Services is offered in our eight-week accelerated format. Some classes are held on campus in the evening two days per week; however, most are offered in the blended format. (Students taking blended courses enjoy the best of “both worlds” as they meet in the classroom one day per week and then work on assignments and projects online for the second class session.)


The Master of Science in Human Services prepares students to demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • To advocate for clients through knowledge of community resources in the human services network;
  • To analyze major social issues, social problems, and current socio-political and sociocultural events, which affect human services;
  • To apply basic methods and techniques used to evaluate individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments;
  • To implement common psychosocial treatment approaches based on key theories and related concepts;
  • To define achievable goals of counseling and contributions and limitations of various treatment modalities;
  • To understand and apply legal and ethical standards affecting the delivery of human services;
  • To assess behavioral, cognitive, affective, and environmental factors in order to identify and set long-term achievable client goals;
  • To evaluate psychological and socio-cultural aspects of normal and abnormal behavior, theories of causation and treatment approaches.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.8 on a 4.0 system*
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for masters programs). All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.
  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
    • Veteran’s Intent to Register form
  • A current resume
  • A 500-600 word essay, double-spaced, detailing why the candidate is applying for this program, any experience in this area, and his/her expectations for this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
  • An interview is required.

Students are required to have a minimum of 15 credits in psychology, human services, and/or social work as a prerequisite to beginning coursework in the M.S. in Human Services.

Students must also demonstrate graduate level writing ability or take Writing and Research in Social Sciences, HS 550, after the first mod as one of the two electives in the program.

Students may apply for admission to the program at the start of the fall in Mod 1 or in the spring in Mod 3. All new student applications must be complete and submitted to the Director of the Masters in Human Services at least six weeks prior to starting the program.

All application materials should be sent to:
Professional & Graduate Studies
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Transfer Credits

Albertus Magnus College will accept a maximum of 6 graduate hours from a regionally accredited college or university toward satisfying the M.S. in Human Services. Such credits must have been completed prior to entrance into the program and must satisfy degree requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed with a minimum grade of 3.0 within the last five years. Transfer credits will be considered on an individual basis. Students must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the course(s) to be transferred. All requests to transfer credits must be completed prior to starting the program.

Program of Study (39 Credits)

Required Human Services Courses (15–18 credits)

HS 530 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Services

HS 531 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Human Services

HS 536 Case Management

HS 580 Field Experience

HS 600 Capstone Seminar

Required Psychology Courses (15 credits)

PY 530 Theories of Counseling

PY 533 Psychopathology

PY 537 Counseling Techniques

PY 539 Program Evaluation

PY 540 Organizational Behavior & Group Dynamics

Elective Courses (6–9 credits)

HS 514 Resolving Conflict through Dialogue

HS 532 Human Resource Management

PY 541 Addictions Counseling

PY 542 Career Counseling & Vocational Rehabilitation

PY 581 Action Research Project