MA Human Service Family Advocacy
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Class Type
100% online,* 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
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Shape Healthy Family Dynamics with the Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future degree program is designed for human services professionals who need additional, graduate-level training for advancement or new opportunities and students who are entering the human services and mental health support field. The online master’s in human services counseling does not require any on-campus visits and has no thesis requirement so you can fit the flexible online courses into your current schedule. 

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

Our family advocacy, public policy, and future degree specialization provide a cultural, social, and psychological background to help you navigate the complexity of social issues and public policy so you can become an advocate for the well-being and rights of children and families. Whether you want to become a public advocate or move into public service, our family advocacy, public policy, and the future degree track provide the training you need to make a positive impact on the future of children and families in your community.

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

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master’s in Human Services Counseling – Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future?

Do you have a passion for studying the human mind and for finding the best way to help people improve their lives by changing their behavior? With the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling program, you can embark on the fascinating study of human behavior and psychology while applying this knowledge to help solve specific, real-world problems in the counseling and mental health field. The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balance of field-tested practice and cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences so that you can be confident that your approach to treatment will be backed by solid scientific study while still maintaining a biblical worldview in ethics and practice.

Liberty University has partnered with world-renowned psychologist, author, radio show host, and family expert Dr. James C. Dobson, to create Liberty University’s James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. With this partnership, Liberty offers timely, relevant, and real-world training in family advocacy and public policy. If you are looking for a master’s degree in advocacy to learn how to become a family advocate, our family advocacy, public policy, and the future track can equip you for your human services career goals.

What Are the Benefits of Pursuing Liberty’s Human Services Degree Online?

  • Complete your coursework on a schedule that fits your life with Liberty University’s award-winning online learning environment.
  • Study a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective human services counseling techniques with a firm biblical worldview.
  • Be mentored by professors with real-world experience in human services and counseling while you explore the cutting-edge scholarship and methods for human services counseling, family advocacy, and public policy.
  • See best practices put to action by observing group meetings in your own community.

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What Will You Learn in the Master’s in Human Services Online Degree?

The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree program provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology while applying this knowledge to specific, real-world counseling practices. Students in the online master’s in human services counseling will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood and how multicultural issues affect counseling in individual and group settings. As a Christian college, Liberty bases this study of human thought and behavior on a Christian worldview and demonstrates how these science and evidence-based practices are informed by biblical principles.

The family advocacy, public policy, and the future area of study will give you an overview of important cultural and political aspects of being a family advocate. It will also provide training in the specific human services skills you need to positively impact children and families in your community. You will review public policy issues that threaten the Judeo-Christian heritage of America’s founding principles, as well as learn about the causes of divorce and the psychological consequences for children and parents. You will also choose assessment and treatment-centered courses to help you focus in on specialized advocacy areas such as assisting childhood and adolescent delinquency.

Please note that the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling licensure 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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Human Services Counseling Degree Online Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete the Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future degree in as little as 1 year.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you through every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses

  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course).

  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences).

Potential Career Options for Graduates of the Online Human Services Counseling Degree

Graduating from the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree will give students the mental health support and counseling skills to be useful in private, public, and nonprofit human services settings. These settings include Christian counseling ministries, community service agencies, group homes, outreach services, in-home mental health support services, probation agencies, and other types of casework and support settings where counseling skills are needed.

Chaplaincy may also be an option in some cases. However, many roles will require additional training or a seminary degree.

  • Caseworker
  • Chaplain
  • Child advocate
  • Church counselor
  • Family advocate
  • Family counselor

Admission Requirements for Our Online MA in Human Services Counseling 

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.