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Academic Course Work

The MHS Program requires 54 hours of academic credit, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better, takes two years (four 15-week semesters and a mandatory 8-week summer semester) to complete, and leads to a Master of Human Services (MHS) degree.

Course Descriptions

The MHS Program is a performance-based approach to education that organizes skills and theories into five basic competency units:

  • CU I: Self-directed Learning
  • CU II: Helping Relationships
  • CU III: Group Processes (summer session)
  • CU IV: Community Planning and Program Management
  • U V: Organizational Development and Planned Change

The subject matter of each competency is studied from the viewpoint of five dimensions: Values (Ethics), Self and Others (Psychology), Systems (Sociology), Skills (Communication/Research), and Integration and Practice Application. 

    Values (Ethics)

    Self/Others (Psychology)

    Systems Theory (Sociology)

    Skills (Communication, Intervention/Community Organization, Management and Research Skills)

    Integration and Practice Application

The classes held at Lincoln’s Graduate Center on Saturdays address the first four of these, while the fifth dimension is addressed one evening during the week in the Integration and Practice Seminar.  These weeknight seminars are located where students cluster geographically, usually at a human services agency or local university site.  The purpose of the Integration and Practice Seminar is to integrate the student's work activities in his or her agency with the theoretical material presented in the Saturday coursework. Weekly logs, individual presentations and professional experiences form the basis for discussion. For each competency unit the student is also required to complete a field project or practice application project.  The field project demonstrates the understanding of theory, organization of ideas, the appropriate application of new concepts to practice, and the explanation of new steps to be taken. Emphasis is on problem solving using the Action Research model.

In the last year of the Program, students choose either a micro track (counseling and other direct services) or a macro track (administration and planning).  Also in the last year, students complete a change project, make an oral presentation on this project, and produce a peer review article for submission to one of the many human services related journals. 

When the competencies and dimensions are put together, they form a matrix of courses that make up the MHS curriculum. This curriculum provides the integration of concepts and practice which is the hallmark of the Lincoln University Master of Human Services Program.

Students with Disabilities Statement

Lincoln University is committed to non-discrimination of students with disabilities and therefore ensures that they have equal access to higher education, programs, activities, and services in order to achieve full participation and integration in the University.  In keeping with the philosophies of the mission and vision of the University, the Office of Student Support Services, through the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Program, provides an array of support services and reasonable accommodations for students with special needs and/or disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The services for Students with Disabilities Program seeks to promote awareness and a campus environment in which accommodating students with special needs and/or disabilities is a natural extension of the University's goal.

MHS Course Descriptions

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