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 counseling worldview, this master's in human services degree offers distinct concentrations to equip you in the path that complements your chosen specialization. Throughout your journey, our award-winning faculty will be available to help you, whether online or on campus in Virginia Beach. This degree culminates in a capstone that includes field experience in your area of interest.

  • Gain foundational skills in behavioral sciences while specializing in a concentrated area.
  • Explore human growth and development and practice individual and group work.
  • Learn to identify and assist individuals struggling with common life-adjustment issues or seeking personal development.

Concentrations include:

Addictions Counseling

Biblical Counseling

Christian Counseling

Conflict & Mediation Ministry

Criminal Justice & Ministry

Grief Counseling

Human Services Counseling

Human Services for Student Affairs

Life Coaching

Marriage & Family Ministry

Trauma & Crisis Counseling

Career Opportunities:

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Family Service Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Churches/Ministry
  • Coaching
  • Lay Counseling
  • Mediation

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

Prerequisites:

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: Resume
Submit a professional resume 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: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for 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.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

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

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology Fee               

$300

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100

Council of Graduate Students Fee                           
(on-campus students, spring & fall only)

$15

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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