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Psychology & Human Services


A master’s in psychology transitions you from a broad knowledge base into a more focused line of study. After choosing a concentration, you’ll aim to build a comprehensive understanding of it and prepare to advance your field in that area. In human services, you’ll focus on the theory and skills to improve people’s quality of life and help them become more self-sufficient.

Course Work & Learning Outcomes

Advanced programs in psychology and human services use coursework, research, and internships to develop your knowledge in your subject area. The data you gather can be qualitative or quantitative, your course of study is likely to be interdisciplinary, and you may exercise significant latitude in shaping your own research.

Advanced degree programs in psychology, human services, and social sciences include the Master’s of Arts, Master’s of Science, Master’s of Education, and Graduate Certificate. These programs usually take 2-3 years to complete. Common specializations include human services counseling, applied psychology, addiction, family sciences, and human behavior. Depending on the direction you choose, you may need to acquire a license.

Career Outlook

With a master’s in psychology, you could pursue job titles like behavioral counselor, human resources analyst, group home coordinator, parole officer, and family services specialist. With an advanced degree in human services, you could go on to become a long-term care facilitator, rehabilitation counselor, medical social worker, or case manager.