Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 33 Credit Hours
  • 24 Months

Application Deadlines

Aug, 25

Domestic Students

Fall 2021 Application Deadline | Classes start Aug. 30, 2021

Jul, 06

International Students

Fall 2021 Completed file due | Classes start Aug. 30, 2021

The Master of Arts in Human Services from Concordia University Chicago is a generalist degree designed to provide a broad-based body of knowledge in related fields, with an emphasis in advocacy, gerontology, and psychology, in order to meet the expressed needs of human services personnel in community mental health centers, family service agencies and similar organizations. This program, both for individuals seeking entry-level positions and for professionals who desire to upgrade their positions in the field of human services, allows for a tailor-made curriculum combining psychology and social service skills.

Note: Graduate students who earn this degree will not have met the educational requirements for certification or licensure in the state of Illinois and should not expect to provide counseling/psychological clinical services as an independent practitioner. Rather, this degree demonstrates master's-level achievement and enhances employment opportunities.

Concordia-Chicago's MA in human services is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Become aware of the increasing scope of human services, especially in outpatient settings such as community mental health centers and family service agencies.
  • Acquire a core of knowledge related to the various helping professions, such as counseling, gerontology, health, and psychology, among others.
  • Develop competency in care-giving skills in settings where such care is typically provided in the community.
  • Work as middle-level practitioners in community settings and human resources divisions of organizations.
  • Assume positions in various health care and family services where management, consultation, referral skills or administration are major job responsibilities.
  • Pursue doctoral-level studies.

Program Information


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.

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

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

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.

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