Master of Social Services Programs

Social services can be closely tied to social work – an area of study and practice that aims to improve the quality of life of an individual, group, or community of scale through research, and policy. There are few different degrees students can pursue in this field. A Master of Arts in human services takes a hybrid approach, including elements of non-clinical counseling with key components of the study of social work and policy implementation.

In some cases, these programs require students to have a bachelor’s degree prior to admission and may be completed in as little as 18 months. Areas of concentration include organizational studies, marriage and family, health and wellness, communication studies, and executive leadership, among others. Relevant coursework may include the study of group dynamics, health policy and ethics, multicultural issues in human services, communication theory, communication and conflict, and organizational behavior, among others.

Careers for masters in social services graduates:

  • Healthcare social worker
  • Child, family, school social worker
  • Mental health/substance abuse social worker
  • Other areas of social work

Earnings for masters in social services graduates:

  • Healthcare social worker: $47,230 (median annual)
  • Child, family, school social worker: $40,210 (median annual)
  • Mental health/substance abuse social worker: $38,600 (median annual)
  • Other areas of social work: $51,500 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 25 percent growth through 2020 (faster than average)

Online MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Ashford University — A MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University teaches you the methods of public service. A MPA degree will contribute to your understanding of social initiative strategies. Additionally, the MAOM in Public Administration and MA in Education & Public Policy will improve your leadership and managerial skills. Ashford is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 5107489001,

Rutgers University of New Jersey — The Master of Social Work at Rutgers University of New Jersey boasts a deep network of experienced professionals and faculty. These individuals prepare you for the rigors of a career in social work, public administration, and public management. Your dreams can be achieved at Rutgers.

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