Human Services Graduate Program

The Master of Arts in Human Services

Designed for part-time online campus students,  Wake Forest University’s Department of Counseling offers a Master of Arts in Human Services. The Program’s goal is to prepare individuals to meet human needs through a knowledge base focused on building human relationships, preventing and remediating problems, and improving the quality of life for those who need support. The Wake Forest University Board of Trustees approved this program in February of 2012.

The Wake Forest University Department of Counseling has been in existence since 1968. It has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1996.  The most recent accreditation decision extended accreditation status until 2018 for both on campus and online programs in Clinical Mental Health and in School Counseling.  The Wake Forest University Counseling Department will seek program accreditation by the Counsel for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) for the Masters in Human Services Program.

This program builds on the foundational courses of the Department’s counseling programs to prepare human services professionals skilled in problem-solving and service delivery. Students will learn administrative strategies as well as program planning and delivery skills. The Department believes the Masters of Arts in Human Services degree will benefit the general public as well as graduate students by preparing graduates to serve others on a preventive and developmental level. Learn more about the Online Campus Masters in Human Services program.

Online Campus State Specific Information

Please view state specific information pertinent to Online Campus Students in the MA Counseling and MA Human Services degree programs here.

Plan of Study

The Masters of Arts in Human Services degree will be awarded to candidates who successfully complete a minimum of 39 semester hours in a planned and directed program of study. The program consists of 30 hours of courses in common with the Masters in Counseling program, an additional 6 hours of specialized study in human services administration and programming, and 3 hours of field experience. The courses for the program are listed below:

Courses in common with the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

CNS 721: “Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling” (3)

CNS 737: “Basic Counseling Skills and Techniques” (3)

CNS 739: “Advanced Counseling Skills and Crisis Management” (3)

CNS 740: “Professional Orientation to Counseling” (3)

CNS 741: “Theories and Models of Counseling” (3)

CNS 742: “Group Procedures in Counseling” (3)

CNS 743: “Career Development and Counseling” (3)

CNS 747: “Cultures and Counseling” (3)

CNS 748: “Life Span Development: Implications for Counseling” (3)

CNS 773: “Family Counseling” (3)


Additional Human Services Courses

CNS 752: “Human Services Administration” (3)

This course will focus on the knowledge, theory, and skills used in the administrative aspects of the human services delivery systems including organizational management, supervision, strategic planning, budgeting, grant and contract negotiation, and legal/regulatory issues.  Also includes managing the professional development of staff, recruiting and managing volunteers, and advocacy techniques.


CNS 753: “Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation” (3)

This course will focus on the range and characteristics of human services delivery systems and major conceptual models used to integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation, and healthy functioning. Includes the history of human services as well as the systematic analysis of service needs; selection of strategies, services or interventions and the evaluation of outcomes.


CNS 754: “Human Services Field Experience” (3)

Field experience is a learning experience in the human services delivery organization in which the student will complete 350 hours of on-site work with the agency. Students, university supervisors and on-site partners will determine the student’s role, activities, outcomes, and instructional needs based on the placement site possibilities.

 Sequence of Courses

Part-Time, Online Campus Students

Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for the MA Human Services Program will be the same as admissions criteria to the MA Counseling Programs. Please see our Admissions Page for more information.