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  • Note: For certain locations, program enrollment is onsite with online instruction.

  • This program is offered online.
  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

    Jul 06

    Online Start Date
    Jul 06, 2016

    Aug 03

    Online Start Date
    Aug 03, 2016

    Sep 21

    Online Start Date
    Sep 21, 2016

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks


    Major

    HN 501: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN CONTEXT (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of theories of human development. Using a developmental framework, the changing nature of human behavior in the context of individuals, families, and society is examined. Human behavior as it relates to the capabilities and limitations possessed by all individuals is explored. The impact of diversity on individuals in a larger social context is also evaluated. An emphasis is placed on applying theory and knowledge to methods of intervention that promote healthy functioning and autonomy in clients.

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    HN 502: HISTORY, MULTICULTURALISM, AND DIVERSITY IN HUMAN SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This course explores the historical roots of human services and the need for advocacy and social change. In addition, the awareness of multiculturalism and diversity for human service professionals is emphasized as it relates to social policy and legislation that affects service delivery in a global society.

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    HN 505: SKILLS AND PRACTICE IN HUMAN SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of comprehensive application of skills and practice within the human service field. This course provides skills within the human service field with a focus on applications related to the needs and services for diverse populations and settings. These skills include initial intake and assessment skills used to work with individuals, families, and groups. You will apply knowledge to analyze, integrate and resolve issues within the human service field.

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    HN 510: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND PERSONAL VALUES (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of integrity in the human services profession. The course offers an introduction to professional ethics and the framework for applying these principles in a professional setting. You will explore personal values and the impact on ethical decision-making, as well as applying the knowledge to a variety of real world situations.

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    HN 598: MASTER'S INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This course will provide students in the Master of Science in Human Services with practical experience in a professional field. It provides an opportunity to combine academic theory with new, career-related experience. At least 15 hours per week must be devoted to tasks that apply theory and academic content in a professional setting for a minimum of 150 out-of-class hours. Tasks must be delineated in the Learning Contract, which demonstrates an advanced application of academic theory in the workplace.

    Prerequisites Required: Application approval and permission from the Department Chair

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    HN 599: MASTER'S CAPSTONE IN HUMAN SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This course is the culminating experience for the Master of Science in Human Services degree. The course builds on all of the skills and knowledge learned throughout the degree program. You will integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the coursework, conducting research related to current topics and challenges in the field of human services in order to demonstrate mastery of program outcomes.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission of the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization Courses

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (15 Credits)

    Total Specialization Courses Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Family and Community Services Specialization

    HN 520: FAMILY RESILIENCE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the theory and skills needed to be able to work with family and community services. You will focus on skills needed to provide direct services to individuals, families, and groups. You will delve into family theory, systems theory and resiliency theory in order to explore approaches to case management, and individual and group counseling. Emphasis will be placed on helping students to choose the least intrusive interventions in the least restrictive environment.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Family and Community Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    HN 521: DEVELOPING AND DELIVERING FAMILY SERVICES (5 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth look at the development, implementation and management of family service programs. You will be introduced to the organizational structure of communities and learn how an understanding of these structures and resources can help to develop the required knowledge of global influences on human service delivery, social policy and community assessment for leaders in the field of human services.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Family and Community Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    HN 522: ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (5 Credits)

    This course provides the required knowledge to become an advocate for change. Emphasis is placed on advocacy work for individuals, families, and groups at all levels, including community development, community organizing, and global activism. You will learn the importance of advocating for client self-determination as well as the importance of establishing a rapport with clients, colleagues, and constituents.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Family and Community Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Organizational and Social Services Specialization

    HN 530: RESEARCH, GRANT WRITING, AND FUNDING (5 Credits)

    This course provides an understanding of the basic components of writing a grant proposal, including how to write an effective executive summary, needs statement, and accurate budget. An emphasis is placed on how to locate resources necessary to write a grant proposal and secure funding. The role of program planning and design as well as the necessity of performing a comprehensive community-needs assessment is examined. The different methods of program evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative, are also explored.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Organizational and Social Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    HN 531: PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the conceptual and theoretical topics related to the development and administration of human service programs. Skills needed to effectively develop and administer programs in the field of human services will be discussed. You will learn the tenets of program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Organizational and Social Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    HN 532: ORGANIZATIONAL NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the theory and skills needed to manage nonprofit organizations. You will analyze the history and theoretical foundations of organizational structure, the theories of leadership, and the role of leaders in effectively governing nonprofit organizations. You will evaluate the role of organizational and strategic planning.

    Prerequisites Required: HN 505

    Total Organizational and Social Services Specialization Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 45

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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  • * Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational employment projections to 2024", Community and Social Services Occupations, http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2015/article/occupational-employment-projections-to-2024.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    The Master of Science in Human Services program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE); however, it is not accredited by this agency.

    § Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Highlights, www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/index.html

    # Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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