Graduate Degree Master of Arts in Human Services


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, community and social service occupations are projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than most sectors.

If you’re a human services professional seeking to make yourself more marketable in an expanding field, the online Master of Arts in Human Services from Virginia Wesleyan University offers the professional and academic development you need to take the next step in your career, whether in your current organization or anywhere else.

Targeted to working adults, the program is designed to help you enhance your human services knowledge base to further your career in social services and community resource and policy programs.

The curriculum furthers professionals in social services, health-related, public safety, and administrative positions by broadening the definition of human services to exploring its administration. In the final two courses, you will propose and implement a capstone project that integrates your learning and career interests into your own community.

The program culminates in a practicum that allows you to observe and practice discipline-specific methods in the human service field of your choice.

You can expect focused attention in an experiential learning environment with instructors who are either professionals in the field or have both M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees.

When you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human systems, group dynamics, organizational structure of communities, and how these interactions affect human problems.
  • Articulate the need for culturally competent human service practice in all areas of professional practice.
  • Successfully navigate the myriad human services systems.
  • Successfully integrate knowledge and skills and develop critical thinking skills.

As an online student, you’ll receive the quality curriculum Virginia Wesleyan University is known for, plus the flexibility to learn at your pace (you can even take courses out of sequence) as you complete your degree in two years or less.


  • Next Start Date:August 23, 2023
  • Total Degree Credit Hours:31
  • Program Length:2 years or less
  • Cost Per Credit Hour:$499
  • Major Credit Hours:31


Those seeking to further their careers in:

  • Social services and community resource and policy programs.
  • Community-focused, health-related, public safety, and administrative positions.

Start Your Journey

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Career Outcomes This program is geared toward the professional who wants to further their marketability with a master's degree.

  • Crisis Intervention Specialist

    Implement therapeutic treatment using approved methods of planning, counseling, case management, and crisis intervention to assist clients in overcoming substance abuse disorders and other problems.

  • Community Service Manager

    Meet with community members and funding providers to discuss their programs, coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being, and direct workers who provide these services.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online Master of Arts in Human Services program at Virginia Wesleyan University, students must:

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Provide official academic transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities previously attended. If more than one institution has been attended, the cumulative GPA for all coursework attempted must be 2.7 or higher. In addition, the GPA earned at the institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded must be 2.7 or higher.
  3. Have a bachelor’s degree (or one anticipated before starting the program).

Tuition Cost & Financing

Tuition for the online Master of Arts in Human Services program at Virginia Wesleyan University is $499 per credit hour. Financing options are available for those who qualify.

Members of the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) will also receive a $150 reduction in cost per credit hour.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Course Information The online online Master of Arts in Human Services program requires the completion of 11 courses at three credit hours each.

  • Course List:
  • HS 510 - Introduction to Human Services
  • HS 612 - Physiology of Addiction and Psychoactive Substances
  • HS 615 - Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Human Services
  • HS 617 - Substance Use Disorders and Treatment Modalities
  • HS 620 - Death, Dying, Grief and the Human Services
  • HS 622 - Understanding Human Growth and Development
  • HS 625 - Human Services Administration
  • HS 627 - Human Services with Groups and Communities
  • HS 630 - Practicum Preparation
  • HS 632 - Mental Health and Emergency Response System
  • HS 635 - Practicum

Why Virginia Wesleyan Online?

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    Successful Alumni

    More than 90 percent of our alumni are working or in graduate school within 1 year of graduation.

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    Highly Qualified Faculty

    90 percent of our professors have attained the highest degree in their fields.

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    Virginia Wesleyan University is a Yellow Ribbon school, and we have a dedicated Veterans Service Team.

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    Streamlined Admission

    Admission decisions are made on the basis of a review of the applicant's undergraduate transcript. No SAT, ACT, or GMAT required!

Why Study Online? Learning online is different from working in a classroom setting. Here's what you can expect.

  • Structure Your Week

    You have control over when you work on your online Master of Arts in Human Services. You’ll probably spend between 18 and 24 hours per week on coursework in order to complete your degree in as little as 24 months.

  • Talk to Your Instructor

    You have access to your instructor when you need help, via Blackboard. Your online instructors will let you know when they’re available to answer your questions, help you through difficult tasks and point you in the right direction.

  • Work With Classmates

    Just because you’re learning from home doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Other students will be participating in your class discussions, and you can connect with them on Blackboard when you need to. Your fellow classmates can be a great source of ideas and understanding.

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Yellow Ribbon

Virginia Wesleyan University is a military friendly school. In addition to providing veteran support services to our students, we participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. With this program, you can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to pay for all VWU tuition and fees.


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