Gain the skills you need to help those who need it most with a master’s in human and social services from Walden.

If you want to change lives, trust Walden to help set your goals in motion. A master’s in human services degree focuses on developing the practical and leadership skills necessary to make a positive difference for individuals, families, and communities.

Why Pursue Your Online MS in Human and Social Services With Walden?

  • Prepare confidently for today’s human services field: Our coursework aligns with rigorous professional standards set forth by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
  • Improve your marketability with skills that are in demand: Gain the expertise employers seek in areas such as grant writing, ethical and legal considerations, and communication and writing skills.
  • Chart a purposeful path toward your dream career: Choose from a wide range of specializations to tailor your learning to your personal passions and career goals.
  • Prepare for practice through true-to-life scenarios: Engage in an interactive learning community that brings concepts to life through simulations and animated case studies.
  • Gain a valuable international perspective: Broaden your global understanding of the human services field and prepare to pursue opportunities around the world.

MS in Human and Social Services Specializations

General Program


Explore the full spectrum of human and social services competencies and learn best practices for delivery systems, program planning, and evaluation methods. Coursework includes a grant writing course and a focus on interprofessional practice to help you broaden your impact.

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Be a Force for Good

There’s no better time to earn an online master's in human services degree that empowers you to broaden your impact. Walden is here for you at every step. Get started today and find out how we can help you achieve your career goals.

Help Shape a Better World

Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program equips you with the practitioner and leadership skills in nontherapeutic direct services to drive social change at a higher level. Position yourself for success in starting your own nonprofit, advancing at your current organization, or embracing new career opportunities. Tailor your learning with specializations that reflect unique skill sets sought after by employers in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online master’s in human and social services program will be prepared to:

  • Articulate the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
  • Interpret and apply human services research to inform the practice of human services delivery systems.
  • Synthesize findings from research to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions and direct services.
  • Use knowledge of formal and informal networks in the development and evaluation of human services delivery systems.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems.
  • Discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Human and Social Services?

Find Your Opportunity to Create Real Change

The growing demand for individual and family social services—from addiction treatment to senior care—means a greater need for qualified human services leaders. By 2026, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 18%, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program prepares you to help facilitate social services in various settings around the world. Gain in-demand skills that open up a world of possibilities, whether you dream of forming your own organization or forging ahead into leadership roles.

What Can I Do With a Master’s in Human Services?

An MS in Human and Social Services from Walden can prepare you for a number of direct nontherapeutic services or leadership positions in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations.

These include:

  • Human services administrator (coordinator, director, program lead)
  • Agency coordinator
  • Foster care case coordinator
  • Family services specialist
  • Program director
  • Development director
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Emergency management manager
  • Community and social service specialist

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online master’s in human services degree program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

A master’s in human services degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2018, social and community service managers in government, civic, community, and other organizations earned median salaries between $59,400 and $83,660 per year.1

Interesting Facts

By 2026, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 18%, faster than average.1
Almost 90% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.2


Robin Worthington

MS in Human and Social Services

When I embarked on this journey in 2013, I was afraid. But making the decision to attend Walden was the best decision I could have made.

My time with Walden was an exciting journey with many dips and turns along the way. I am glad that I didn’t throw in the towel when the road got tough.

I have recently obtained a position as a team leader where I will be supervising a team of seven staff members.

Scottie Adams MS in Human Services / MS in Leadership
Scottie Adams
Syreeta Barnes MS in Human Services
Syreeta Barnes
Jane Callendar MS in Human and Social Services
Jane Callendar

Note on Licensure: The MS in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure, including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

1Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers, Pay and Job Growth. National long-term job growth projections and salaries may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth or salaries, and are subject to change.

2Source:; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

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