Online Degree Program
We are thrilled that you are interested in our online Human Services master’s degree (in the Social Service Administration concentration). This page should give you a general understanding of how it works; for more detailed questions regarding anything we did not address here, please use the contact information below or visit our faculty page.
UIS has a history in online education going back to the late 1990’s. The Human Services department made its fully online option available in the fall of 2007. Since then we have had numerous cohorts successfully graduate and go on to work in the Human Services field, to start their own nonprofits, or seek advancement where they were (as many of our students were already working in agencies prior to enrollment).
There are 44 credit hours to take for this degree: 24 hours of core Human Services classes and 20 hours for the Social Services Administration concentration. You can see a full list under the Curriculum tab of this website.
Q: What about the internship? How can an online student accomplish that?
For distance students, the internship is to be completed near their own home, toward the end of their program. The internship requirement does not create any necessity for the student to come to campus. Consideration for work experience in lieu of internship may be given by department faculty.
To apply for the online degree program, you will need to fill out an online application with UIS Admissions, as well as an application to the program, which includes a statement of intent. Then have your prior academic institutions send official transcripts to our Admissions, and provide a reference form to two people who know you professionally or academically. Admissions will provide you with their address during the application process (for transcript submission), as well as our departmental application and the form for your references. Alternatively, the forms can also be downloaded at our Admission Requirements page.
Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers, faculty advisor for the Social Service Administration concentration
John Snyder, HMS online degree program coordinator