Human Services, M.S.
Mercer University's Master of Science Human Services is designed professionals who currently hold staff positions and are ready for leadership positions or are seeking a career in the human services field. Students focus on closing the gap between individuals, communities and resources to improve healthcare. The M.S. in Human Services program offers two concentrations, providing candidates the choice to specialize in either area of expertise. Regardless of discipline, students learn to increase their ability to communicate and assess the population's health needs. The degree program offers two concentrations:
- Gerontology Services
- Child and Adolescent Services
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. Mercer University’s Master of Science in Human Services is designed to address this increasing need for human service professionals who possess advanced knowledge and experience. The M.S. in Human Services program is offered at Mercer's Henry County location.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Develop and implement human services programs
- Incorporate an entrepreneurial approach to human services delivery
- Plan for the nutritional and recreational needs of aging client populations
- Evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and advocate for patients and their families
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in the field of Human Services will increase by 16% during the period of 2016-2026, placing human services profesionals in high demand. Depending on the selected concentration, Mercer University's M.S. in Human Services equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed as professional in the field, including roles such as: caseworker, child life specialist, epidemiologist, human service assistant, mental health specialist, social service specialist, social worker, and welfare case manager.
Understand the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and become an advocate for individuals, families, and communities in need
Become knowledgeable about how mental, behavioral and social characteristics can impact community members and develop positive solutions to provide sustainability
Understand legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems when working with children and adolescents
Understand how to exercise leadership in government, community and nonprofit settings
Gain insight and apply research to improve the practice of human services delivery systems
Become knowledgeable about issues and challenges of an aging population and the health care system
The Master of Science in Human Services requires a total of 36 semester hours to complete.
Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
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- $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee.
- MAT or GRE Test Score*
All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
*MAT/GRE not required for applicants who meet one of the following exceptions:
(a) Students who belong to the Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society or have passed the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) exam
(b) Achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher in all undergraduate coursework.
- Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
- Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
- Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation/support can be from a person in current or past leadership structure, a professor, or those that have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s professional accomplishments.
Applicants must submit a current résumé.
Submit all application supporting materials to:
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Masters of Science in Human Services program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.
The Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as the Preferred Provider Partnership program) provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.
Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the M.S. Human Services program:
|Georgia Department of Corrections|
|WellStar Health System|
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M.S. HUMAN SERVICES
Graduate & Professional Students:
1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester