M.S. Human Services


The master’s program is designed for Human Services professionals who currently hold staff positions and are ready for leadership positions or are seeking a career in the human services field. The Master of Science in Human Services program provides two concentrations in gerontology services and child and adolescent services which prepares the graduate student to assume leadership roles in government, nonprofit, community, faith based, or other agency settings.

Human services organizations are demanding skilled practitioners and leaders who can fulfill service roles in their communities, empower others, and find innovative solutions to today’s challenges in the healthcare and social service industries. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012) the job outlook for social and community service manager positions is expected to increase 27% through 2020 (faster than average) due to the growing aging population, demand for substance abuse treatment, and overall population growth. The report also states that employers prefer candidates who hold a master’s degree. Mercer University’s Master of Science in Human Services is designed to address this increasing need for human service professionals who posses advanced knowledge and experience.

The curriculum covers such topics as:

  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ethics
  • Grant making
  • Strategic resource development and allocation
  • Entrepreneurship


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Develop and implement human services programs
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs
  • Incorporate an entrepreneurial approach to human services delivery
  • Plan for the nutritional and recreational needs of aging client populations
  • Advocate for patients and their families
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the workplace


The Master of Science in Human Services is offered at the Henry Regional Academic Center in a hybrid format, Saturday and online classes. In-class sessions will meet on Saturdays. 16-week classes allow for in-depth study of course material. The flexible delivery format allows students to continue working while earning their degree, which may be completed within 24 months. Human services professionals who hold staff positions and are ready for leadership roles would benefit from this delivery format.

Location(s) where program is delivered include:

  • Henry County