Study Format Online

This degree is available 100% online.

Program Length 33 credits*, 24 months


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


Introduction to the Human Service Profession

Students are provided an understanding of the nature of the profession of human services from the origins of the field to present challenges and approaches. Students develop an identity with the profession through membership in a human service organization and are exposed to the many parts of the multidisciplinary field of Human Services.

Human Service Systems 

The curriculum in this course covers knowledge and theory of the interaction of human systems including the following: individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal.

Intervention and Direct Services 

Knowledge and skill development in aspects of direct service delivery, self-awareness, professional identity and appropriate interventions to working with clients involved in various human services programs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Service Profession.

Information, Planning and Evaluation in Human Services

Students are introduced to the philosophical and theoretical approaches to information management, information literacy and research in the field of human services. Students will use knowledge, theory and skills in systematic analysis of service needs, strategies, services, interventions and evaluation of service outcomes. Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Service Profession.

Values, Attitudes and Ethics

Examination of personally held values, attitudes and ethics and the various ways they can impact work with others to promote understanding of human service ethics and their application to practice for a variety of human service fields and activities. Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Service Profession.

Administration of Human Services

Focus on structure of programs, financial and legal concerns, agency management, and evaluation of services of planning. Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Service Profession.

Internship: Human Service 

Supervised experience (300 clock hours) in a human service agency or organization. Site to be approved by Concordia prior to semester. 

Electives (12 hours)

Individually designed program in consultation with an advisor: students may choose appropriate courses in counseling, gerontology, grant writing, psychology, sociology and social work. Students interested in other electives must have the approval of their advisor.

Suggested Electives:

CED 6010- Counseling Theory

CED 6015 – Counseling Techniques and Interventions

CED 6020 – Career Counseling and Education

CED 6035 – Counseling and Human Development

CED 6055-Multicultural Counseling

CED 6310-Transforming Crisis to Wellness

CED 6340-Clinical Group Counseling

CED 6350-Brief Therapy *Prerequisite CED 6015

CED 6420-Substance/Alcohol Abuse and Treatment

CED 6500-Counseling and Psychopharmacology

CED 6550 -Family Systems Theory and Therapy

GERO 6000-Perspectives in Gerontology

GERO 6050-Adult Development and Aging

GERO 6160-Sociology of Aging

GERO 6495-Program Management in Aging

GERO 6500-Public Policies and Aging

GERO 6510-Diversity in Aging

GERO 6750-Advanced Topics in Gerontology

PSY 6040-Applied Psychopathology and Diagnosis 

Capstone Experience

A capstone experience is required for all Concordia University graduate students. A project/research paper and presentation that applies to the student’s special interest in human services satisfies this requirement. The subject of the paper and presentation needs to be approved by the student’s program leader. The Capstone is completed during the internship semester where the student will provide both the paper and presentation.

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