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.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission