Department of Human Services

The HMS master's degree provides advanced education for students who have an undergraduate education in human services, or who have completed specific courses for this field.

The M.A. degree in Human Services prepares students to practice with competency as human service professionals in multiple roles and settings. Students have the opportunity to choose from four concentrations that provide specialization expertise. The four concentrations are: Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Child and Family Studies, Gerontology, and Social Service Administration.

For those interested in a fully online degree option, the Social Service Administration concentration may be studied from anywhere you have internet access. The Child and Family, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Gerontology concentrations are taught in a hybrid format, utilizing both online work and classroom sessions.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Bockmier-Sommers photoHuman Services’ department chair is Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, faculty in the online Social Services Administration concentration.



Top Master's in Human Services badgeUIS Human Services has recently been selected by as one of the top Master’s degrees in Human Services for 2020.




Graduates of the online program are invited each May to campus for an online graduates’ brunch, where they meet college faculty and administrators prior to walking in graduation. Circumstances did prevent our physical get-together this year, but we just moved our celebration online and are already looking forward to next year.