MA in Human Services – Family Advocacy & Public Policy Gain Advance Skills for Human Service Field


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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.

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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.

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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