M.A. in Human Services

School of Psychology & Counseling

The Master of Arts in Human Services, offered completely online, will enhance your career in helping and developing others. Courses are taught with a combination of real-time interaction with professors, small-group projects, podcast lectures and asynchronous chat room discussion. Presented from a Christian worldview, this degree offers several distinct concentrations to equip you as a coach, lay counselor, mediator or ministry worker. Choose the path that complements your chosen specialization, whether professional human service, Biblical or Christian counseling, health and fitness, law, education, career building, organizational culture, and beyond. This degree culminates in a capstone that includes field experience in your area of interest. To discuss this program with an admissions counselor by phone or in person in Virginia Beach, call 800.373.5504.

  • Gain foundational skills in behavioral sciences while specializing in a concentrated area.
  • Benefit from courses taught within the School of Psychology & Counseling, as well as Regent's other prestigious schools.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in human growth and development, group work, research and professional ethics.
  • Learn to identify and assist individuals struggling with common life-adjustment issues or seeking personal development.

Concentrations include:

Addictions Counseling: Be prepared to work with individuals who face chemical and behavioral addictions. Apply your skills in ministry or professional recovery contexts.

Biblical Counseling: Be prepared to work in ministry and to move toward certification by the Association of Biblical Counselors.

Christian Counseling: Gain tools to counsel through an explicit Christian paradigm as you seek to work in lay counseling contexts outside of the formal role of pastor.

Conflict & Mediation Ministry: Offered in conjunction with Regent School of Law, this concentration will equip you to use conflict resolution and mediation skills in nonprofessional ministry contexts.

Criminal Justice & Ministry: Offered in conjunction with Regent School of Law, this concentration will help you understand and minister to the unique needs of the incarcerated or who are interfacing with the legal system.

Grief Counseling: Gain tools to care for the grieving — those who have encountered loss and who seek to minister in contexts of death and dying as well as other forms of grief.

Human Services Counseling: Learn skills to work in the nonclinical mental health field and to use a biblical foundation as an implicit bases for work.

Human Services for Student Affairs: Focus on the developmental needs of students — particularly the young adult and nontraditional higher education culture.

Life Coaching: Gain tools to work others in personal/motivational contexts to identify, pursue and achieve life goals.

Marriage & Family Ministry: Understand how to address the needs of couples (married and unmarried) in a ministry context, as well as traditional and nontraditional families.

Trauma & Crisis Counseling: Be equipped to develop formal and nonformal responses to natural and human disasters and to offer a ministry response to individual and community trauma and crisis.

Career Opportunities:

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Family Service Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Coaching and care within existing career field

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Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Application Deadlines: 

  • Spring: Session C: December 1 | Session D: February 1 
  • Summer: Session E: April 1
  • Fall: Session A: July 15 | Session B: September 15


Master's applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

Application Process:

The Admissions Committee may require a brief Admissions Interview on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are conducted over the phone or Skype with one of our admissions staff and/or SPC faculty members and typically take 20 minutes.

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application

Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee. Please note that application fees paid prior to attending an online or on-campus information session cannot be refunded.

Step 3: Personal Goals Statement 
Submit a personal goals statement demonstrating an interest in psychology. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Step 4: Writing Sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete, you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Read detailed instructions.

Step 5: Résumé
Submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae to include three references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Step 6: Unofficial Transcripts
Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces

Please be aware that there are certain institutions from which we cannot request transcripts, including international institutions. You will be notified if we are unable to request your transcript.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

M.A. in Human Services - $595 per semester hour

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