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What is it like to be a Master of Human Services student at Lincoln University?

During your two years of graduate study, you will develop and/or refine the essential competencies for human service professionals: competencies in ethical practice, interpersonal and group interaction, management and organizational development, and oral and written communication and research.

As an MHS graduate student, you will be challenged to

  • Understand and articulate your personal helping process;

  • Act as an advocate for disadvantaged populations;

  • Apply professional models of client/helper relationships;

  • Apply standard helping methodologies to a variety of situations;

  • Assess human behavior;

  • Understand the politics of systems on both micro and macro levels;

  • Identify informal and formal power dynamics within an organization;

  • Analyze your organizational environment and know how outside trends impact your day-to-day work;

  • Formulate effective short- and long-range plans;

  • Value diversity within an organizational culture and communicate effectively cross-culturally;

  • Implement policies and procedures that produce equality and justice in the workplace;

  • Appreciate the dignity and worth of each individual;

  • Improve your consultative and collaborative skills;

  • Formulate models of change;

  • Expand your basic understanding of theories of personality and growth and development;

  • Use your understanding of group dynamics to function well as a group leader and member;

  • Write clearly and professionally;

  • Develop public speaking skills;

  • Use a variety of technology skills effectively for researching, transmitting, and evaluating data;

  • Demonstrate helping skills: attending, interviewing, listening, one-on-one intervention, group facilitation, problem-solving, goal setting, documenting;

  • Develop research skills: formulating data collection instruments, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpreting research and using that interpretation to add to current knowledge;

  • Develop skills in program planning and evaluation: distinguishing between outcome and process, using planning tools and models, selecting and using appropriate theories of evaluation.
  • studentsWorking with experienced instructors skilled in both human service practice and adult education, you will develop these competencies through participation in small- and large-group discussions, computer-assisted learning, simulations, lectures, and worksite projects. As a self-directed learner in Lincoln’s MHS Program, you will have multiple opportunities to move an idea from concept to full implementation, learning to function effectively as an agent of social change.


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    Center for Graduate and Continuing Education Programs
    3020 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19104
    (215) 387-2405