MA in Human Services Counseling Degree – Criminal Justice Increase Your Knowledge in Human Services


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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts (MA) in Human Services Counseling — Criminal Justice is designed for human services professionals seeking graduate-level training and for students beginning a career in human services and mental health support. The non-licensure online human services degree does not require any on-campus visits and has no thesis requirement, making it easier for you to fit graduate courses into your busy schedule.

While this degree primarily focuses on human services counseling, the criminal justice concentration covers essential skills that can complement your training in human services. Police officers, social workers, or those currently employed by the family service sector can benefit from training in criminal justice — a career field that is often accompanied by trauma, rehabilitation, and intense stress.

As a Christian university, Liberty is committed to training human services professionals who can apply scientific research, clinical tools, and a biblical worldview to their practice. As such, the online master’s in human services counseling can help equip you to better serve clients who struggle with life’s challenges by addressing their social, psychological, and spiritual needs.

The criminal justice area of study for the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling program includes training designed to help human services professionals apply theories of counseling and human behavior to support mental health and personal growth in correctional facilities and police stations.

Your career in correctional counseling starts here! Apply today and become a force for good in the criminal justice or human services field.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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Do you have a passion for studying the human mind and finding the best way to help people improve their lives? With the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree, you can dive into the fascinating study of human behavior and psychology while also learning to help solve specific, real-world mental health problems through counseling.

The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree program offers a balance of field-tested practice and cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences — so you can be confident that your approach to treatment will be backed by solid, scientific study that is built on a biblical worldview.

If you are trying to branch out from a human services role to serve in a criminal justice organization, the criminal justice area of study is designed to give you the advanced research in human behavior and criminal justice administration that you’ll need. If you’d like to focus on mental health pertaining to criminal justice, you may want to pursue the criminal justice track for the online master’s in human services counseling.

The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology while applying this knowledge to specific, real-world counseling practices. In the online master’s in human services counseling program, you will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood and learn how multicultural issues impact counseling in individual and group settings.

As a Christian university, Liberty bases this study of human thought and behavior on a Christian worldview and demonstrates how biblical principles inform these scientific and evidence-based practices. In the online criminal justice area of study, you will receive an overview of the interdependent organizations and agencies of the criminal justice system along with the theoretical and practical management perspectives embraced by these organizations.

You will also be trained in practical, real-world human resource management methods in the criminal justice field and study important case law that has formed substantive procedural changes in criminal law. The administrative skills emphasized in the criminal justice track can help equip you for a human services or management role that utilizes your expertise in human behavior studies.

Please note: The online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for more information about counseling licensure.

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