Get the education you need to make change happen in ways you never thought possible with Southeastern University’s online master’s in human services.
Enhance your career in human services and prepare to assume a leadership position in a variety of settings, including education, social services, behavioral health management, nonprofits and more. Through our convenient online program, you will acquire a theoretical and experiential understanding of the human services field with the skills and knowledge needed to empower others to become all God has called them to be.
While learning from professors who are experienced in their respective fields, further your passion for helping others and leadership through this non-clinical program. Our master’s in human services online program incorporates biblically informed values so that you can develop into an effective servant leader and gain administrative skills you need to elevate and improve the lives of others.
Choose from three specializations to focus your degree toward the type of organization and people you’d like to help:
- Children and family
Our program teaches you how to demonstrate collaborative and effective problem-solving skills using multiple theoretical approaches. Cultivate administrative skills that require application of theory in various situations and settings. You’ll also research contemporary issues in the field to provide practical solutions and communicate results through clear, concise and appropriate media.
This program is ideal for those working in helping professions. It does not, however, prepare you for state licensure as a clinical professional.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
The master’s in human services online program includes a total of 36 credits, with 24 credits making up the core curriculum. In order to fulfill the remaining 12 credits, you must choose a specialization: children and family, administrative or ministry.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s master’s in human services program must have:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUSV 5043 Contemporary & Historical Issues in Human Services This course provides an examination of past and present issues in the field of human services. It examines societal factors that have advanced the evolution of the field. Emphasis is placed on present-day topics throughout the various human services fields. It provides for examinations, trends, and current challenges in non-profit management. 3 HUSV 5053 Legal & Ethical Issues in Human Services This course provides an overview of the law related to human services and introduces the student to professional ethics codes in the helping field. Students will explore the legal/regulatory framework in which human services organizations exist. Students will also explore the ethical standards of the National Organization for Human Services. 3 HUSV 5203 Integration of Human Services/Theology This course explores and critically examines the contemporary evangelical efforts to integrate psychology and theology, focusing on the value of an integrative approach to both disciplines. Various models of integration will be explored as they relate to such topics as behavior, cognition, emotion, and motivation. 3 HUSV 5033 Program Planning & Evaluations This course will examine the theory, process, and procedures of program planning and evaluation. This course will also provide students with the basic set of skills, necessary to design, develop, and evaluate various human services programs. 3 HUSV 5233 Multicultural Issues in Human Services This course will examine the impact and effects that different cultural environments have on the human services professional, client, and the helping process. This course will also explore the cultural challenges that human services professionals can expect to encounter. Students will also examine the effects that past and present policies have had and have on multicultural issues. 3 HUSV 5253 Human Services Practicum & Field Experience I This course allows students the opportunity to put theory, skills, and professional behavior into practice by working with an agency within the human services profession. 3 HUSV 5263 Human Services Practicum & Field Experience II This course is a continuation of HUSV 5253. It allows students the opportunity to put theory, skills, and professional behavior into practice by working with an agency within the human services profession. 3 HUSV 5223 Human Services & the Community This course examines the role of the human services professional in the community. Emphasis will be placed on public awareness, public and private community resources, community projects, and public policy. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUSV 5303 Parent and Child Relationship This course explores the nature of parenting and parent-child relations from a historical, theoretical, and developmental perspective. This course will also examine the unique challenges faced by families in todays society including social, economic, and spiritual factors that help parents to create positive, nurturing family environments. 3 HUSV 5313 Child Development Ages 0-18 This course provides students with an understanding about the developmental stages and characteristics of individuals from birth through adolescence. 3 HUSV 5323 Children, Youth and Family Services: Policy and Practice This course provides students with an overview of social service agencies policies and practices throughout the United States and how they impact the needs of children and families. 3 HUSV 5333 At-Risk Children This course will provide an overview of the social and economic issues affecting at-risk children. Integration of various strategies for working with at-risk children will be examined. It will also examine information and research on at-risk conditions and practical help in dealing with children in challenging situations. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUSV 5023 Organizational Leadership and Management This course examines the impact of leadership and management as they relate to human service organizations. Emphasis will be placed on a broad-based understanding of leadership and management, including what constitutes effective leadership in various contexts, the role of teams in organizations, the role of power, politics, and conflict in organizations, and how to facilitate organizational change through visionary servant leadership. 3 HUSV 5063 Group Development and Change in Human Services This course introduces human services as a collaborative process that takes place across many different agencies. It examines theories, research, and practices of effective team development. The focus of the course will be on the stages and functions of team development. Team dynamics such as motivation and decision making will be examined. 3 HUSV 5003 Human Services Administration This course addresses the historical and current trends in the development and administration of human services organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the administrative and management skills necessary to plan, develop, implement, and administer the overall and day-to-day activities of a human service agency or organization. 3 BUSI 5213 Organizational Behavior This course presents a critical review of the theory, research, and practice related to the human factor of production, including concepts influencing communication, decision-making, leadership group, cohesiveness, and productivity. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5373 Holistic Pastoral Counseling A study of the techniques and relationship which serve to promote healthy adult growth and functioning. The course begins with an exploration of motivations for working in the helping fields. The course previews basic counseling skills such as warth, empathy, concreteness, confrontation, interviewing, and treatment planning. The emphasis is on training helping professionals to help others. Personal congitive-emotional awareness and theological-psychological balance is promoted through a study of individual functioning in interpersonal relationships. 3 PMIN 5243 Strategic Missional Leadership This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 PMIN 5353 Spirit-Empowered Discipleship This course surveys contemporary Pentecostal approaches and challenges to Christian spiritual formation. It offers a review of the biblical foundations and traditional Pentecostal practices or disciplines for a deeper spirituality. In addition it addresses various methodologies and challenges for spiritual formation within the student's particular missional context. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
The online master’s in human services prepares you for a variety of rewarding careers in the field. Some of the possible career outcomes include:
- Social and Human Service Assistant
- Human Services Educator
- Social Services Manager
- Community Services Manager
- School Case Manager
- Social and Community Service Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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