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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Arts in Human Services is designed for individuals who are passionate about helping people and making the world a better place. This advanced degree prepares graduates to work with and make a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations—and to be a change agent in areas such as poverty, health care access, child and youth services, addiction, or career placement, to improve the well-being and the overall quality of life of service populations.

The program is designed with the working adult in mind. It is fully online, so one may enroll from anywhere in the world, and students may begin any semester (summer, fall, or spring term). As a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time. Any practicum/internship experiences can be completed close to home at the students’ greater convenience.

The Human Services program requires scholarly and professional activities designed to advance the student substantially beyond the educational requirements of a baccalaureate degree program. It is excellent preparation for students seeking either to advance professionally or to enter into advanced positions in the human services professions. Our graduates are prepared as human service professionals to manage care for vulnerable client populations, supervise personnel, manage public agencies or nonprofit organizations, and/or administer programs and services.



The Human Service degree is structured to prepare students for professional practice through the creative application of knowledge, theory, and skills. The curriculum provides opportunity for a broad conceptual mastery of the field through an understanding of subject matter, bibliographic resources, theory, practice, and scholarly research. The curriculum develops within students the capacity to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and communicate knowledge, and to develop those skills needed to effectively practice and advance the professions of human services. Coursework reflects the knowledge content areas measured by the HS-BCP examination to complete your certification.

The 33-hour program furnishes students a strong core in Human Services: theory, history, systems, management, planning and evaluation, interpersonal communication, and intervention and delivery. Each student also chooses one of three 12-hour professional tracks in Addictions Counseling, Career Development, or Human Services Management. Internship experiences provide hands-on opportunities to engage in the field with human service professionals. Online delivery does not take away the rich and collaborative learning experiences for students to interact with students from around the country or the world or develop strong mentoring relationships with Human Services faculty.


Program Requirements

Program Contact

Nichole Siemering

Graduate Enrollment Counselor
Hickory Campus, Columbia Campus