Master of Arts in Human Services

Are you looking to get ahead in your human services career? Whether you work as a social worker, case manager, family or occupational therapist, or another career focused on assisting and helping people in your community, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services degree from Lincoln University can give you the skills, knowledge, and experience to take your career to the next level.

It requires 30 credit hours and can be completed in four semesters, or about one year. It builds on your past education and professional experience but goes more in-depth on a range of human services topics and offers a focus on social research, through which you will learn the skills of scholastic literature review, research design, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

You will be taught and mentored by experienced human services scholars and professionals, and you will have the opportunity to put your learning to work in a variety of real-world experiences outside the classroom. You'll develop essential leadership skills and communication techniques to take charge of whatever situation you're in and rise to the top of your field.

Graduates from the Master of Arts in Human Services program go on to take jobs in the field, serving as administrators, consultants, human service managers, advocates, case managers, interventionists, government agents, policy and program evaluators, mental health care, and counselors.

Even better, as a Lincoln graduate, you'll be joining a network of over 4000 other professionals who have completed this program, giving you access to a host of connections, opportunities, and future collaborators who can assist in taking your career to the next level. With your Master's Degree from Lincoln, you'll be ready to lead and solve problems at the personal, agency, and community levels, and make a real and lasting difference in the lives of your clients.

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Program Outcomes

After completing this program and earning your Master of Arts in Human Services degree, you will be able to:

  • Develop appropriate ethical interventions and apply them to field-based projects.
  • Differentiate between individual, group, and organizational dynamics to facilitate positive behavioral change in field-based projects.
  • Evaluate principles of organizational and social change in systems, illustrating how they impact field-based projects.
  • Use action research to design and evaluate a field-based grant proposal and display professional communication skills in a written and oral presentation of that project and in a portfolio of current administrative skills and knowledge.

Completing this program, you will also complete the academic requirements necessary to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an online application.
  • Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit.
  • Personal Statement: In 500 words, address what professional skills you bring to Lincoln University; what would you like to accomplish at Lincoln University and how does this relate to your future career goals; how do you hope to use a degree from Lincoln University?
  • Resume: A current professional resume is required.

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supplemental documents to your student portal. You may also email documents to or mail to:

Lincoln University
School of Adult and Continuing Education
Attention: Office of Admissions
3020 Market Street, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Other Requirements and Courses

Please see the University Catalog for more information on program requirements and detailed course descriptions.


  • James Wadley, Ph.D., L.P.C., ACS, NCC, IMHF, CSTS – Chair and Associate Professor
  • Szabi Ishtai-Zee, Ph.D. – Professor
  • Solomon Caudle, Ed.D. – Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Dr. John Craig
  • Dr. Brain Greineder
  • Dr. Broderick Harper
  • Dr. Pamela Kennebrew