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Master of Science in Human Services (MSHS)

As one of three programs accredited by CSHSE, 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.

Program Tracks in Human Services and Counseling

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 Master of Science in Human Services is offered in our eight-week accelerated format. All of our classes are held on the New Haven campuses two evenings per week, or held in the blended format. Students can begin the program in Mod 1 which begins in late August or early September, or in Mod 3 which begins in January. For specific dates for this academic year, be sure to check out our Academic Calendar.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes Human Services at Albertus Different?


  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work


  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research


  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement


  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences
Hands-On Learning

The Albertus Human Services Degree Program

The M.S. in Human Services 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 local and regional nonprofit organizations, local schools, state 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.

Masters in Human Services & Addictions Counseling Certificate

Interested in state licensure?

The M.S. in Human Services is not a license-track program. However, in combination with the postgraduate Addiction Counseling Certificate it can lead to the L.A.D.C. (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) credential. These programs can be pursued concurrently and completed in just 2 academic years. Alternatively, students who have already earned the M.S.H.S. degree can apply for and complete the Addiction Counseling Certificate in just 1 academic year (4 mods).

Learn More: Masters in Human Services & Addictions Counseling Certificate >

Online & On Campus

Select Your Preferred Human Services Schedule

Offered in an accelerated format, students can complete their master’s degree in Human Services in a year and a half while taking only two classes at a time.

Students choose between the following:


  • Take 2 classes every 8 weeks (including summer).
  • Work from the comfort of your own home, office, library, or favorite coffee shop.
  • For most classes, work on assignments on days and times of your own choosing, provided work is completed on schedule. (In some classes synchronous sessions are held using videoconferencing. Note that field placements generally expect in-person attendance by interns.)

On Campus/Blended

  • Take 2 classes every 8 weeks (including summer).
  • Classes are a combination of in-class sessions with online assignments. Attend classes on campus 1-2 evenings per week, while all other assignments are done from the comfort of your own home, office, library, or favorite coffee shop.
  • Benefit from in-person discussion with professors and peers while completing many projects and assignments.

FLEX - A mixture of the two!

Student Success

Human Services Student Perspective

Sharon Gentles ‘19 found it important to learn in a community-driven learning environment, where she would be treated as a person and not as a number.

“Albertus professors are people you can talk to, you can relate to them. They see your potential and they bring that out.”

Graduating with an M.S. in Human Services, Sharon continues to use the skills she learned at Albertus to advance in her human and social services career.

 Student Perspective at Albertus Magnus College
Making a DifferenceGraduates from the Master of Science in Human Services program, like Sharon Gentles, learn to advocate for individual clients and communities, as well as apply legal and ethical standards to the delivery of Human Services.
Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ragaa Mazen

Dr. Ragaa Mazen is a professor and Director of the Master of Science in Human Services. Dr. Mazen studied at Ein Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and Yale University.

"I started teaching in the United States in 1967. As a professor, my students and my teaching are very important to me."

She teaches classes in Psychological Assessment, Personality Structure and Dynamics, and Cultural and Diversity Issues. Dr. Mazen is an active member of several national organizations, including the American Mental Health Counselors Association and American Art Therapy Association.

Dr. Ragaa Mazen at Albertus Magnus College
Community Impact“I am highly rewarded when I witness the professional accomplishments of my students in the fields of Psychology and Human Services making a difference in peoples' lives in their communities.”

Where Will Your Human Services Degree take You?

According to the U.S. Department of labor, employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 9 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 47,400 openings for social and human service assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Median starting wage is $38,250 and earnings can increase to $75,450 depending on experience, position and agency.

Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Human Services include:

Domestic Violence Advocate
Program Director
Program Manager
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Nonprofit Manager
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Youth Program Specialist
Case Manager
Human Services Administrator
Health Care Advocate
Non-profit Start-up
Grouphome Manager or Worker
Department of Social Services Worker
Department of Child and Family Services Worker
Department of Developmental Services Worker
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Worker

Human Services Courses

Master of Science in Human Services graduates will demonstrate the ability:

  • 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 understand psychological and socio-cultural aspects of normal and abnormal behavior, theories of causation and treatment approaches.


Interested in learning more about the diverse courses offered at Albertus?

What We will Need from you

Human Services Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Human Services program, applicants must submit the following:

  • 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.

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Purposeful Vision & Direction

The Albertus Human Services Degree Mission Statement

This major is designed to provide students with a career-oriented degree which is combined with a rigorous Liberal Arts education. The major prepares the student to work in the community in professional capacities such as community outreach worker, case manager, community support counselor, clinician, mental health worker, and job coach. This major requires six credits of supervised internship experience. It is an interdisciplinary major drawing upon courses from several disciplines, including: Psychology, Sociology, Management, and Philosophy, in addition to the core general education courses.

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