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M.A. in Human Services

Pursue Your Passion Through Regent’s Human Services Degree

You’re wired to do good and to bring out the good in and for others. To move forward with confidence in your calling, pursue Regent’s SACSCOC-accredited online Master of Arts in Human Services. This non-licensure degree equips you with practical helping skills in Christian counseling, addictions counseling, and other specialized areas such as biblical counseling, student affairs, mediation, criminal justice, and more. Courses are taught with a combination of real-time interaction with professors, small-group projects, podcast lectures, and asynchronous chat room discussions.

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May 10, 2021

Grow in Christian Counseling & Coaching

Explore the mind-body-spirit connection and practice individual and group work.

Empower Your Career Through a Human Services Degree

Gain foundational skills in behavioral sciences while specializing in a concentrated area.

Gain Foundational Helping Skills

Learn to identify and assist individuals struggling with common life-adjustment issues or seeking personal development.

Align Yourself with Excellence

Experience Regent. Ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2020, Regent combines both excellence and integrity.

Courses are taught from a Christian perspective by faculty members in Virginia Beach and beyond.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Upon completion of the M.A. in Human Services degree, you will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge in human growth and development, group work, research, and professional ethics.
  • Address legal, ethical, and liability issues while discussing specific treatment issues.
  • Develop practice and evaluation skills and techniques.

Career Opportunities

  • Human/Social Services Professional
  • Foster/Elder Care Coordinator
  • Medical/Health Services Manager
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Life Coach
16%
Projected growth in social and human services employment from 2016-2026

The M.A. in Human Services – Addictions Counseling degree program will train you to apply faith-based interventions in ministry or professional recovery contexts to food, drug, sexual, and other addictions.

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The M.A. in Human Services – Biblical Counseling will prepare you for work in the church, community, mission, biblical counseling center, and beyond. Gain foundational skills in behavioral sciences with an emphasis on biblical application.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Christian Counseling degree program will give you counseling strategies and techniques from a Christian perspective. Gain solutions-focused people skills to address specific, real-world problems in your profession.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Conflict & Mediation Ministry is offered in partnership with Regent School of Law. This conflict resolution degree will equip you to bring people together using mediation skills in nonprofessional ministry contexts.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Criminal Justice & Ministry, offered in partnership with Regent School of Law, will prepare you to bring lasting rehabilitation to the incarcerated and others within the legal system. The program focuses on juvenile and criminal law, international trafficking, and immigration rules and procedures.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Grief Counseling will prepare you to care for those who have encountered loss. Explore how to minister in contexts of death, community trauma and disaster.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Human Services Counseling prepares you to effectively serve your community. You'll develop skills for better care of others and for career growth through this human services degree program.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Human Services for Student Affairs will prepare you to help students thrive in their academic and personal development, whether you prefer administration or hands-on assistance roles.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Life Coaching will prepare you to work with others in personal and motivational contexts. This program focuses on Christian coaching with supervised field experience including an advanced coaching practicum.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Marriage & Family Ministry will prepare you to address the needs of couples (married and unmarried) in a ministry context, as well as traditional and nontraditional families. Be equipped to reinvigorate marriages and families.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Trauma & Crisis Counseling will prepare you to respond to natural and human disasters, as well as personal trauma. Learn to support first responders and to counsel others to freedom.

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A review of human services fields and career identities. The impact of worldviews on the relationship between human service workers and those they serve is examined. Attention is given to ethical, spiritual, and other considerations for those seeking to be effective change agents for the good of others.

Consists of carefully selected topics/findings drawn from the behavioral sciences that can provide a valuable knowledge base for those working in the human services fields. It will draw from the psychological research on the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional bases of behavior, theories of counseling, motivation research, and other behavioral science fields.

Provides an overview of professional ethics for human services fields. A brief survey of the professional codes in the mental health fields and other relevant guidance in applied ethics pertinent to human services work and roles. Cross-listed with PAC 505.

A survey and experiential application of interviewing, reflective listening and helping skills. Techniques and practices derived from professional counseling and other human service fields will be covered with an emphasis on demonstrations, modeling, practice and evaluation. Cross-listed with PAC 524.

Provides an introduction to the importance of cultural awareness and the presence/influence of cultural and individual diversity. Also, students gain an overview of social theories and social justice. Attention is given to support the development of multicultural skills with a broad range of focus and application across varied settings. Cross-listed with PAC 570.

Combines reflection and analysis of an applied field experience with course-based discussion of the integration of Christianity and human service work. Students must obtain a total of 150 hours of pre-approved on-site experience, including 50 contact hours in human services work with identifiable client/participants. Must be taken after students have completed 10 credits towards their degree. Extends over the full semester to ensure adequate time for students to gain training hours. Cross-listed with PAC 596 and MHPS 696.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

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
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 5: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


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.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“My time at Regent left me with a desire for excellence. I believe that was something that was already instilled in me but my education here challenged me even more.”

Eric Ferguson, M.A. in Counseling, 1997 Founder, Metanoia Missions International

“At Regent, I loved the integration of Christian values that were wrapped tightly in a strong academic degree. I felt completely academically prepared to go out and help people, but I also had that very foundational core belief system that was strengthened unbelievably.”

Jada Jackson, B.A. in Communication 2009; MA in Human Services Counseling 2010 President & TV Host, Total Life Counseling; Advisor, Listeners On Call; Author; Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“Regent was a pivotal point in my professional career. I have been forever changed by my experience!”

Richard Mason, Ph.D. , 2007 Counselor Education & Supervision

“Two degrees down, one to go! So happy to have completed my master’s in psychology!”

Ally Duggins, M.S. in Psychology, 2020 Co-Founder, Willow House Media

“I realized this is a place where I could grow and really be empowered in my future.”

Bethany Eisenhart, Psy.D., 2018 Clinical Psychology