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Human Services Degree - Master of Arts

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Degree Information

The Master of Arts in Human Services is a degree designed for individuals already employed in the human services field or planning on a career in the human services profession. This program is a non-licensure degree, and is not intended for those seeking mental health licensure or the practice of mental health counseling. This applied degree program is designed to enhance personal communication and leadership skills as well as provide an introduction to the variety of functions that are required of leaders in the human services arena including an emphasis in non-profit and administration management. Candidates for the Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS) must satisfy prerequisite requirements of 6 credit hours in the behavioral sciences.


Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

All students complete a 27 credit core curriculum, then select a 9 credit concentration from one of several disciplines indicated below.

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27 Credit Core Curriculum:

  • MCC 503 Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods

    This course orients the student to statistical concepts and measurements including scales of measurements, distributions, central tendency, validity, and reliability. Quantitative research method design is addressed. Students explore the role of research as it relates to evidenced-based practice as professional counselors.
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  • MCC 530 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in the Practice of Counseling

    This course addresses ethical, legal, and professional issues commonly associated with the practice of professional counseling consistent with Council on Accreditation for Counselor and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Code of Ethics. National, regional, state licensure, and credentialing issues are addressed. This course identifies the systematic processes of identifying, implementing, and resolving ethical dilemmas mindful of various stakeholder concerns, including acting in the best interests of the client. The course explores personal and professional value systems, standards of practice, and legal issues in terms of how they impact decision-making processes and professional behavior.
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  • MCC 520 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan

    This course surveys theories, scholarship, and research on human development throughout the lifespan. Students examine biological, neurological, cognitive, emotional, and social-cultural factors influencing individual development within a multicultural framework. The reciprocal influences of crises; transitions; normal and abnormal development; psychopathology; and familial and community relationships are addressed. Particular attention on the application of these concepts to the work of professional counselors is explored.
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  • MCC 502 Introduction to Counseling Theories

    This course addresses major theoretical perspectives, practices, and their applications commonly associated within the field of professional counseling. Students explore applying counseling theory based on an examination of client factors, issues, and presenting concerns within a multicultural context. This course further explores the history, philosophy, and trends associated with the field of professional counseling.
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  • MCC 638 Social and Cultural Diversity

    This course explores how cultural factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability status, shape, inform, and impact minority populations, marginalized populations, diverse groups, and dominant culture. Experiential methods of learning will be emphasized, including the development of self-awareness in the counselor, along with an appreciation for the experiences of others from different backgrounds and experiences. Traditional counseling theories, as well as more recent approaches to counseling diverse groups, will be analyzed for ethical and practical implications including their integration into assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues. The counselor’s role in addressing advocacy and justice will be explored including issues of power and privilege. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.
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  • MCC 560 Internship Fieldwork

    This internship course is designed for the Master of Arts in Human Services 36-credit hour program (or for students from previous catalogs in the 36-credit MS programs). Students apply their knowledge in a supervised human services context. The supervisor for the 300 clock hours required need not be licensed or certified; however, the supervisor must have appropriate professional skills and be approved by the University. The setting need not involve a comprehensive service program or a clinical practice setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 75% of the MAHS program; internship application submitted to the Program Director; permission of the Program Director to enroll.
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  • MCC 628 Sustainable Funding

    Ensuring sustainable funding is necessary for successful non-profit/human service (NP/HS) organizations will be the focus of this course. This course presents a number of ways to ensure funding from public and private sources. Areas of emphasis include researching public policy, industry trends; grant writing incorporating legal and ethical considerations related to funding practices. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school and enrollment in the MAHS program.
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  • MCC 635 Non-Profit Administration

    This course introduces non-profit administrative theories, principles, and required knowledge and skills. The course includes research and analysis of financial, human resources and project management constructs in non-profit/human services (NP/HS) administration. Compliance with federal, state and local regulations is incorporated.

  • MLC 640 Leadership Theories and Research

    This course explores the field of leadership through classic readings and research on such topics as the history of leadership, leader disposition, motivation, charismatic leadership, transformational leadership, and servant leadership. Emphasis will be placed on critiquing contemporary leadership research that addresses current leadership challenges for individuals, groups, and organizations.
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Choose one 9 credit concentration from the following:

Option 1: Business Administration

  • MBA 600 Survey of Accounting

    Survey of Accounting is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of the manner in which business gathers, processes and uses information. Students are introduced to basic accounting and computer concepts and procedures through case studies and computer projects. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of basic accounting processes and principles, on data management in a computerized environment, and on the basic financial statements. Students are also expected to develop an appreciation of the needs for internal controls in a business. Issues relating to internal control procedures, computer security, privacy issues and ethics will be introduced through readings and case studies. Prereq: Graduate Standing
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  • MBA 633 Advanced Organizational Behavior

    This course encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving behavioral and organizational problems related to management functions, individual differences, group and interpersonal conflict, and work/life interface. Includes emphasis on perception, motivation, leadership, influence, work/family conflict, stress, decision-making, diversity, organizational learning, ethics, global issues and change. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610Prereq: MBA 605, 606, and 608
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  • MBA 652 Marketing Strategy

    This course examines the key concepts and issues in developing and selecting a marketing strategy. Developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies that are adaptable to changing conditions are emphasized. It examines processes that enable the domestic and/or international organization to continually learn from competitors, customers and other stakeholders with the objectives of developing marketing strategies that are essential to both obtaining and sustaining a competitive advantage. Students can gain career experience in marketing by analyzing various corporate dilemmas and developing strategies throughout the course along with creating marketing plan. Prerequisite: MSBAN students - MBA 608 Prereq: MBA 605, 606, and 608
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Option 2: Human Resource Management

  • BA 636 Compensation and Performance Management

    This course examines current theory, research, and practice necessary to make effective strategic decisions in managing compensation and performance issues. Included in this course is a detailed look at contemporary compensation systems and strategies, job analysis, and performance evaluations. Also includes how to design wage and salary structures and benefit packages in order to be competitive in today’s organizations. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
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  • BA 638 Human Resource Law

    This course describes, analyzes, and evaluates legal foundations, cases, and applications of human resource law. Areas of law covered will include, but are not limited to, equal employment opportunity law, labor relations law, fair employment practices law, and compensation-benefits law. Human resource management practices will be considered within analysis and evaluation of laws, cases, and settlements. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
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  • BA 646 Strategies for Recruitment and Selection of Human Resources

    This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610

Option 3: Healthcare

  • MHA 624 Legal, Ethical, and Compliance Issues

    This course examines the multitude of laws, legal entities and compliance issues associated with administration within healthcare organizations. The complexity of ethical issues, both administrative and biomedical, is discussed in various applied medical settings.

  • MHA 626 Organizational Design and Delivery Systems

    This course provides students with a foundational view of healthcare delivery systems in the United States. Students discuss the formal structure of healthcare organizations and how costs, access and quality impact the delivery of care. Emphasis is placed on healthcare as a system of care delivery.

  • MHA 661 Healthcare Finance

    An introduction to healthcare finance, including management control processes, financial statement analysis, ratio analysis, variance analysis, and capital structure is the focus of this course. A foundational background of the economics of today's healthcare environment is examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program.
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Option 4: Marketing (Choose 3 Courses)

  • BA 655 Internet Marketing

    This course examines the nature, characteristics, and culture of the online environment to understand, develop, and implement marketing strategies and tactics for conducting effective online commerce. Emphasis is on the hardware/software tools necessary for Internet-based commerce, market segmentation identification, product development, pricing, direct marketing, global marketing, and the methodology to execute marketing strategy in a computer mediated environment. Prerequisites: MBA 652
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  • BA 656 International Consumer Analysis

    This course provides a review of the classical areas of perceptions, cognition, attitudinal formation, and cultural influences that affect individual and group purchasing behaviors. Emphasis is placed on understanding marketplace dynamics, market segmentation, and understanding the importance of psychographics in market planning analysis. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610 and MBA 652
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  • BA 658 Sales Management

    This course examines development, structure, and implementation of an effective and profitable sales force across substantially different environmental conditions. Strategies involving various markets, sales person characteristics, sales program design, and quantitative measurements are emphasized. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610 and MBA 652

  • BA 663 Global Brand Marketing

    This course provides a framework for defining brand equity and identifying sources and outcomes of brand equity along with developing a tactical guideline for building, measuring, and managing brand equity. Emphasis is on building a common denominator to interpret the potential effects and trade-offs of various strategies and tactics for brands. Managing brand equity between what happened to the brand in the past and what should happen to it in the future is explored. Students gain experience by creating brand strategies and developing a strategic brand audit. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610 and MBA 652
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  • MBA 664 Marketing Research

    This course is designed to provide students with a means to obtain information for more effective marketing decision making. The essential concepts of marketing research and methods used to conduct research to help solve marketing problems will be emphasized. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered in the course and how these two approaches are best utilized to address a variety of marketing problems. Students are expected to obtain marketing research data and apply it to a variety of actual marketing problems. Prerequisites: MBA 600, MBA 610, and MBA 652
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