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Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services

Lead Positive Change for Yourself and Others With a Master’s in Counseling Human Services

This program is offered online.

Helping people is your calling and your profession, and you want to extend your hand out to help pick others up further and make an even greater impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. With an online Master’s in Counseling and Human Services degree from Post University, you can continue to provide valuable services to those in need in your current position while you work to develop the additional knowledge and skills needed to advance and grow as a counseling professional. Our courses are offered 100 percent online, so you can study on your schedule and apply what you’ve learned to your career in real time. Upon completion of your degree, you will be prepared for a wide variety of jobs in the helping professions including; mental health facilities, correction establishments, halfway houses, child and family service centers, and geriatric facilities. 

This program is an excellent option for psychology, counseling, social work, human services, education, child studies, or criminal justice undergraduate degree holders as well as those who hold helping-related certificates in the field and want to further fulfill their potential. 

Program Highlights

As a Master’s in Counseling and Human Services student, you will develop knowledge in the areas of prevention, remediation, psychoeducation, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention. A master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services can help you gain the operational knowledge, analytical skills, and experience necessary to assess a problem and apply a solution quickly and competently. 

You can build on your passion for serving others with a solid foundation of knowledge and theory as it applies to the current landscape of counseling and human services applications. You’ll refine this foundation with a thorough understanding of the interaction of human systems, including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal. Gain a real-world perspective on delivery of appropriate services in the field. You’ll enhance this approach through learning the conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning, as well as theories and techniques associated with multicultural competence in the field of Counseling and Human Services to better connect classroom experience with your job role.  

 

What can I do with a MS in Counseling and Human Services degree? 

Graduates are prepared to serve individuals and communities in a wide range of areas, from community mental health centers and individual private practice. Students can pursue jobs in many help-related settings including but not limited to mental health facilities, corrections, halfway houses, child and family service centers, and geriatric facilities.  

At Post University, we strive to make your learning experience practical and meaningful. We have fostered an engaging online community that encourages critical thinking and real-world application of theory. Each course is taught by a professional working in the field who brings years of expertise and leadership in the fields of Counseling and Human Services to your course. 

From the moment you enroll at Post University, you will be supported by a personal academic advisor. They are always available to answer any questions you may have, help you through any challenges you may face and guide you to the best concentration option to reach your specific career objectives. 

 

For Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes visit the University Catalog >>

 

Concentrations

In the MS in Counseling and Human Services degree program at Post University, you can tailor your focus from the available concentrations below and the career you’re looking for.  

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This concentration provides you with the conceptual, analytical and operational knowledge you’ll need to begin or advance your career in clinical counseling. Online courses cover a comprehensive study of the issues involved with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. You’ll also develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories and techniques in individual, group and family counseling. 

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

In this concentration, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction in American society. You will learn the biological, psychological and sociological effects of short and/or long-term use of substances on the individual, family and community and how to assess, diagnose and treat those addictions using the latest and best practices. You may also be able to apply credits toward earning your professional counseling licensure. 

Forensic Mental Health Counseling

Through this concentration, you’ll develop the theoretical, analytical and clinical skills required to provide counseling services to juveniles and adults involved in the justice system. You will explore concepts related to criminal behavior and psychopathology, forensic assessment, and victimology as a way to understand how the judicial system and human services field work together. You may also be able to apply credits toward earning your professional licensure.

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While completion of the MSHSV degree will not fulfill all of the requirements needed for state licensure, many state licensing boards will accept the MSHSV as partial fulfillment of the state’s licensing requirements. Post University does not guarantee that the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree meets the requirements for professional licensure in any state or territory. Each state has different requirements for licensure as a counselor or other mental health provider.  Post University will assist students in researching the requirements and provide information from the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory prior to beginning their programs. The faculty and staff of Post University working with students in the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program are available to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body. Students need to communicate directly with their state licensing boards to determine the full list of requirements necessary for licensure in that state  

Oklahoma 
The Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure requires completion of 60 graduate credits in order to qualify for licensure and has final determination of the acceptability of specific courses.  Students completing the 39credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree and the 24 credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling will be considered to have completed the requisite number of credits required to apply for licensure.  

Students who are interested in becoming licensed counselors in the State of Connecticut: 

  1. Should be aware that they will need to complete additional coursework beyond Post University’s 39-credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree in order to be eligible for state licensure as a counselor in the state of Connecticut. 
  1. Should be aware that the requirements for licensure change.  As with any state, Post University recommends that students from the state of Connecticut contact the licensing board in order to accurately determine what requirements are currently needed for state licensure. 

Please direct further questions to your Program Director or Dean.  

North Carolina 
North Carolina students seeking licensure are responsible for contacting the following North Carolina organizations for requirements: North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Licensure in the Human Services field is a professional process that varies from state to state and area of specialization. The Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services affords students the opportunity to take additional coursework toward licensure eligibility in many states.  Please direct further questions to your Program Director or Dean.  

 

Get the focused education you need to have a greater impact on the people you help and the communities you serve. Contact us to enroll now to earn your online Master’s in Counseling and Human Services degree at Post University. 

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