Degree Requirements

The MS in Human Services program builds on the intellectual and professional traditions of public administration, social planning, and social work. to earn this degree you are required to complete twelve courses and a capstone experience, as listed below:

Six interdisciplinary core courses, addressing policy, ethics, cultural competence, research, information technology, and legal issues;

• Four courses in an area of concentration. You can choose from the Management track, Planning track, or a combination of the two;

Two elective courses, either in human services or in another area of graduate study at UMass Boston; and 

• A capstone experience that integrates the content of your learning in a final independent project focused on policy analysis and program development.

Some part-time graduate assistantships are awarded on the basis of ability and financial need. Each student awarded an assistantship may receive a partial tuition waiver and a small stipend.

For more information on the MS in Human Services Program, please contact Sylvia Mignon at

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