Master of Arts in Human Services

School of Adult & Continuing Education

The Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS) program offers students an opportunity to learn advanced concepts, skills, and applications in human service delivery and administration. Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program will earn a Master of Arts in Human Services degree. In addition, they will also complete the academic requirements necessary to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) through the Center for Credentialing and Education. This credential serves two purposes: alerts the field that MAHS graduates have completed a set of graduate-level academic and professional experiences, and distinguishes the MAHS student as being a graduate of one of the few in-field accredited human services programs in the country.

The curriculum, delivered by experienced human services scholars and professionals, integrates new knowledge, along with “real-world experiences,” into the student’s knowledge base, utilizing peer collaboration, presentations, scholarly discourse in the classroom, guided readings, and writing assignments, and other innovative individual and group projects. An essential part of the program is the focus on social research, through which students learn the skills of scholastic literature review, research design, needs assessment, and program evaluation. The student’s skills as a human service professional are increased through the program’s focus on improving accessibility, professional accountability, and service delivery. These academic delivery benefits have proven successful in inspiring students to become change agents in an ever-changing world.

Program Detail

DELIVERY: Face-to-Face and Online

ACCELERATED or TRADITIONAL: Traditional                         

SCHEDULE: Saturday and Weeknight Evening

LENGTH: 4 Semesters


ENROLLMENT CYCLES: Fall (August) and Spring (January)


  • MAH 611 Writing Skills for HS Practitioners
  • MAH 612 Life Span Development
  • MAH 613 Theories of Intervention
  • MAH 621 Professional Ethics in Client Care
  • MAH 622 Tools/Model for Human Service Managers
  • MAH 623 Action Research
  • MAH 631 Group Dynamics
  • MAH 632 Planning/Effecting Community Change
  • MAH 641 Social Policy and Program Evaluation
  • MAH 642 Case Management
  • MAH 643 Field Experience

Transfer Credits

The MAHS program accepts up to six graduate school credits in the fields of Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or other approved disciplines from an accredited institution, providing each course is completed with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

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?
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé 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

Tuition and Fees

Lincoln University’s tuition and fees are set annually by the university and remain affordable and competitive.

2020–2021 Academic Year

  • Pennsylvania Resident: $567 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Resident: $949 per credit hour

Learn more about tuition and fees online.

Discover federal and state financial aid options that may be available online.

Career Opportunities

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.  Because our department has graduated over 4000 professionals, our networks are expansive that enable students to easily migrate from one setting to another.  We seek students who have innovative aspirations, desire to be human service entrepreneurs, are capable of self-advocacy, and are goal-oriented.  These attributes, along with an outstanding experience in our program, allow for a multitude of opportunities for our graduates.     

Meet the Faculty