Human Services Leadership (MA) Program Overview

Go further in your career and expand your expertise in caring for others with a Master of Arts in Human Services degree from Bluefield University. Our program is built with working professionals in mind. Our 30-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as 10 months. Offered 100% online, our program will teach you the history and progression of human services. You will learn and practice creating helping relationships, and acquire skills to help you effectively manage essential programs as an administrator. When you graduate with your degree you will be prepared to lead in positions within community service agencies, post-secondary institutions, prisons and criminal reform, and private mental health agencies.

Your 100% Online Human Services Degree

The Master of Arts in Human Services Leadership builds on your undergraduate knowledge and expands into subject areas relevant right now. Further develop as a human services professional through courses in counseling, human diversity, understanding addiction and addictive behavior, and treatment systems. You will learn effective management skills through data analytics and project management while growing as a leader through expanded learning in leadership and human resource management. Go beyond theory in each course with real-world applications that can be immediately applied at your current job.

Are you ready to go further and ensure better care for those you serve? Apply today and take the next step towards enhancing your skills and abilities with a Master of Arts in Human Services Leadership degree from Bluefield University.

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Tuition: $495 Per Credit Hour
Next Start: January 11, 2023 (Online)
Time to Complete: 12 months

Courses &


Master's Degree (MA)
Core Requirements (30 Credits)

  • Treatment Systems in Human Services
  • Understanding Addiction & Addictive Behavior
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Human Diversity
  • Human Services Internship
  • Data Analytics
  • How to Be a Leader
  • Organizational Behavior & Change Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
Total Credits: 30

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Case Management Provider
Social Service Liaison
Residential Service Provider
Eligibility Counselor
Case Monitor Parole Officer
Child Advocate
Behavioral Management Provider
Student Services Professional
Human Resources Professional

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

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