Master of Science in Human Services

Curriculum

Note: Graduate students should be aware of the policies listed in the Graduate Handbook. The handbook may be subject to change at any time.


Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Human Services is a 37-credit hour program consisting of eight core courses and two specialization, clinical and management, each consisting of 12 credit hours.  The program is designed primarily as a part-time program and is conveniently offered during evening hours, weekends, and online through the University's Accelerated Degree Programs Division. 

The program includes a foundations course, the sociology of human services, a graduate thesis, which serves as the program's capstone experience, and two practicum field courses as recommended by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.  The curriculum is as follows:

General Education Requirements 25 crs
Courses
Credits
HSV500 Sociology of Human Services

HSV500

Sociology of Human Services - 3 Credits

An inquiry into the nature of social problems and a consideration of the efficacy of social service interventions and programs.

3 crs
HSV501 Master of Human Services Preparatory Course*
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0 crs.
HSV502 Human Services Ethics and Diversity

HSV502

Human Services Ethics and Diversity - 3 Credits

Consideration of theoretical and practical standards for ethically dealing with individuals and information about them in a multicultural framework within a variety of human service settings.

3 crs
HSV504 Human Development Through the Lifecycle

HSV504

Human Development through the Lifecycle - 3 Credits

Examination of theories that are important to the study of lifespan development.  Approaches to physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout the lifespan will be examined with a focus on the influence of context and culture on human development.

3 crs
HSV510 Human Services Policy

HSV510

Human Services Policy - 3 Credits

A current examination of the social and public policies that impact the human service organization.  The course will address how human service organizations design, implement, and manage human service programs in response to the political environment and changes in the social environment.

3 crs
HSV511 Human Services Management (To be offered for the first time in 1/13)

HSV511

Human Service Management - 3 Credits (To be offered beginning January 2013)

This course provides students with knowledge, theory and technical skills in the administration of human service delivery systems. Course content includes management theory, principles of organization, planning, budgeting, fiscal responsibility, supervision and human resource management.

3 crs
HSV512 Applied Research Methods in Human Services

HSV512

Applied Research Methods in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course presents an overview of frequently used quantitative and qualitative research methods. It prepares students to be critical consumers of scholarly social science research. It also examines the ways in which social science research can inform daily practice in various social service agencies.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 21-24 credits


    Prerequisite: Completion of at least 21-24 credits
3 crs
HSV593 Field Practicum I

HSV593

Field Practicum I - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.


    Prerequisite: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524
3 crs
HSV594 Field Practicum II

HSV593

Field Practicum I - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

3 crs
HSV698 Capstone Research Project I

HSV698

Capstone Research Project I - 2 credits

In this course, students will apply an action research approach to the development of an applied research project proposal. Students will be required to design practiced-based projects based on the application of human services principles to specific real-life problems to demonstrate theory applied to practice. Based on an “area of interests” statement created at the culmination of HSV512 and a comprehensive literature search, students will submit a research proposal for review and approval. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.

Prerequisite: HSV512 and 21-24 credits

 


    Prerequisite: HSV512 and 21-24 credits
2 crs
HSV699 Capstone Research Project II

HSV699

Capstone Research Project II — 2 credits

Students will apply an action research approach to the development of an applied research project proposal. Students will be required to design practiced-based projects based on the application of human services principles to specific real life problems to demonstrate theory applied to practice. Based on work completed in HSV 698, students will complete their applied research project by creating and submitting remaining aspects of the project including the gathering data section, data analysis and interpretation section, findings and implications leading towards action section, reference section, abstract section, first rough draft, and the final submission of the completed project. Students are required to have successfully completed HSV 698 before completing this course. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.

Prerequisite: HSV698

 


    Prerequisite: HSV698
2 crs
*May be waived if a student has taken a statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.  
   
Specializations
Clinical Specialization
Credits
HSV520  Theories of Counseling

HSV520

Theories of Counseling - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of counseling theory and fosters the development of basic counseling skills. The focus is establishing a rapport, developing a therapeutic alliance, and conceptualizing strategies for intervention. The clinical application of theory will be explored through case studies, understanding research, and class discussions.


3 crs
HSV521  Family Systems Theory

HSV521

Family Systems Theory - 3 Credits

Introduces the student to the field of family therapy and systems thinking. The student learns the skills necessary to begin clinical work with a family. Includes the major theoretical approaches to family intervention required to conceptualize, assess, and treat family systems.


3 crs
HSV522  Group Therapy

HSV522

Group Therapy - 3 Credits

This course presents a theoretical and experiential overview of group processes and counseling techniques. Students will be exposed to the skills and characteristics required to facilitate cognitive, emotional and behavioral change in group settings.  Students will also learn about the various populations served and presenting problems addressed by group approaches.

Prerequisite: HSV520 and/or HSV521.


    Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university.
3 crs
HSV524  Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment

HSV524

Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment - 3 Credits

Students will explore the emotional, cognitive, somatic, and behavioral symptoms of mental disturbances.  This course includes the introduction of testing and measurement devices that emphasizes clinical assessment applications.

Prerequisite: HSV520 or HSV521


    Prerequisite: HSV520 or HSV521
3 crs
   
Management Specialization
Credits
HSV540 Human Service Management and Information Technology

HSV540

Human Service Management and Information Technology - 3 Credits

The course will survey the basic theoretical and conceptual skills required for the effective management of human service organizations in today’s varied and complex environment. The course also focuses on information technology applications and systems based on current computer and communication technology for human service managers.

3 crs.
HSV541 Financial Management of Non-Profit Organizations (starting MOD 4 2013)

HSV541

Finanical Management of Non-Profit Organizations - 3 Credits

This course teaches students the principles of financial management required for the planning, budgeting, and control functions of human service organizations. It includes the skills required for the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, interim and end-of-year reports, and the financial disclosures required by agency funding sources.

3 crs.
HSV542 Resource Management in human Services (starting MOD 5 2013

HSV542

Resource Management in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course explores the working knowledge of human resource management in non-profit and public sectors of organizations using legal, technical and practical concepts. The course also examines issues related to compliance with federal and state employment laws, compensation systems, practical and affordable recruitment/retention strategies, problem performance analysis, and the development of personnel policies and job descriptions. The course teaches students how to combine human resource management theory with useful management practice to achieve organizational mission.

3 crs.
HSV544 Organizational Behavior and Development (starting MOD 6 2013

HSV544

Organizational Behavior and Development - 3 Credits

This course explores individual and small group behavior in organizations and the interpretation of this behavior in the context of the managerial environment. The nature of such concepts as influence, power and control, attitudes, communication, conflict, and interpersonal relations is explored to provide understanding of the dynamics of group behavior within organizations.

3 crs.

 

 

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.