When is the MS in Human Services application deadline?
Applications must submit an application for the fall semester by June 1 and for the spring semester by October 31.  When an application is complete, including all required credentials and documents (ex, transcripts, test scores, recommendations), a decision will be made within one week.

Can I take a class as a non-degree student before I apply?
Yes, you can. Email Sylvia Mignon at to find out how to register as a non-degree student.

May I study part-time?
Yes. Many of our students study part-time and hold full-time, professional jobs and have family responsibilities. The curriculum is designed specifically for working adults.

What kind of funding or scholarship is available?
Students enrolled in the MS in Human Services program are eligible for student loans. For more information on government-supported aid, please contact our Office of Financial Aid at 617.287.6300.

Students may also be eligible for graduate Assistantships in their second year of study. Contact Sylvia Mignon at 617.287.7384 or sylvia.mignon@umb.eduu for more information.

When are classes held?
Most classes are scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings (earliest courses begin at 4:30 p.m.) to accommodate working students. The one exception is "Strategic Planning" which is traditionally offered on seven selected Saturdays (negotiated between instructor and students) in the spring semester.

When do classes start?
As a general rule, classes start just after Labor Day in the fall and during the last week of January or first week of February in the spring.

How much can I expect to pay per semester?
This costs for attending vary by your resident status (that is, whether or not you are considered a Massachusetts resident), the number of credits for which you register, whether or not you have independent health insurance, and several other factors. International Students pay non-resident tuition and a mandatory international student fee per semester in addition to other mandatory fees. Employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible for tuition waivers. For a complete (and up-to-date) breakdown of tuition and fees, please visit

What is the difference between the MS in Human Services and a MSW degree?
Our program is different from a MSW program in that we train human service professionals to become planners and managers of human service organizations and nonprofits while MSW programs have a more clinical focus and train their students to become clinicians.

Would you like more information?
This page is intended to give you standard answers to frequently asked questions. If you feel that an answer does not speak to your individual situation, please contact Sylvia Mignon by email at

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