What is a Master of Arts in Human Services?

Gain the skills to be a leader at service organizations with your Master of Arts in Human Services from the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC). In this degree program, you will be taught by qualified human services faculty members as they help you develop an understanding of the different values, goals, and lifestyles of service consumers and employees.

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Degree Completion Journey

With an emphasis on topics such as grant-writing, planning, managing budgets, implementing information systems, and leading people, your human services coursework also includes an integrative project, where you will apply your knowledge in a practical way to solve a human services problem.


Year 1

  • This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students will better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

  • This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

  • This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting organizational leadership. Topics related to discrimination and anti-harassment, personnel selection procedures, standards for psychological testing, and social media will be explored. Students will learn principles of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility as well as explore the impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas create for organizations. Students will master the importance of non-discrimination and anti-harassment legal principles including affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 through the study of laws and relevant court decisions. Students will also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other relevant professional code of ethics. Students will further master essential consumer protection principles.

  • This course is designed to introduce the student to the broad field of human services, the types of disciplines represented in the field, the general nature and scope of services provided by the disciplines, the similarities in services provided, and the differences among the disciplines. A major emphasis will be on the ways in which human services professionals can effectively and efficiently interact to enhance service delivery and maximize the use of valuable resources.

  • This course provides students with a broad overview of the laws and regulations that govern delivery of services in the various human services disciplines. Cross-disciplinary regulations, policy development and review in agencies, and methods to impact policy /regulation development and revision at the state and national level are areas of emphasis.

  • This course will explore group theories and groups as human systems. Students will study how large and small groups are utilized in human service organizations. The students will also gain an understanding of group dynamics and functionality for the application of research and theory relating to large and small groups and human social systems for the enhancement of service delivery. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding group systems theory and human behavior within human services and society.

  • This course presents the concepts of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs and methods, as well as issues involved in the ethical conduct of research. Students will be challenged to select appropriate research designs and methodologies for various research questions. The course will culminate in a detailed research proposal on topics chosen by the students.


Year 2

  • This course provides the opportunity for students planning careers in human service agencies to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program in a practical way. Students may opt for projects in new program/service delivery design, program evaluation, or grant writing by utilizing quantitative or qualitative research on an issue in human service delivery, or other appropriate areas, approved by the instructor. HUM 5100 is intended to be a capstone course in the student's program. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework. (This course may not be transferred in.)

Program Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Arts in Human Services degree, all students must complete 33 credit hours with a 3.0 minimum grade point average in all coursework attempted at the University of Arizona Global Campus.

Special Terms and Conditions

Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of specialization. Further, Global Campus does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a student’s criminal history may prevent them from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field. Students can only complete their practicum in states where this program is available.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Careers in Human Services

The Master of Arts in Human Services degree program provides the in-depth knowledge you need to help operate human services organizations. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to pursue a career in fields such as:


  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Community Services Director
  • Social Services Director
  • Social and Human Service Associates
  • Non-profit Agencies
  • Community and Social Service Specialists
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