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: 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 can 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.

Meet the Chair

Dr. Bockmier-Sommers photoHuman Services’ department chair is Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, faculty in the online Social Services Administration concentration. Contact Dr. Bockmier-Sommers at 217-206-6908, or email



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




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