Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling

HBU Online Learning Program

About the Degree

The Master’s in Human Services Counseling degree is designed to give you a solid foundation in the study of human behavior and equip you with the practical helping skills you need to make a lasting impact on those around you.

In addition to an in-depth study of psychology, sociology, counseling, and social work, you’ll combine best practices in the industry with specialized coursework so  you can graduate with confidence in your professional capacity to help others.

This customizable Master’s in Human Services Counseling online degree can be tailored to your specific interest or calling – specializations are available in areas like addiction & recovery, crisis response, human sexuality, marriage & family, life coaching, and military & veteran care and counseling.

View the Degree Completion Plans:

MAHS Human Sexuality
MAHS Marriage & Family
MAHS Professional Life Coaching

With many unique specializations, you’ll have multiple avenues through which you can achieve your goals of being a clinical case manager, substance abuse counselor, juvenile detention counselor, life coach or chaplain.

Benefits of Choosing Houston Baptist University’s Master’s in Human Services Counseling
Mental health is one of the few fields in the nation that is predicted to grow at almost three times the rate of other forms of employment; there is a clear need for ethical practitioners who will invest in the good of others. As a Christian university, we are committed to promoting the mental, social and spiritual well-being of populations and communities. If you feel called to help people — in a variety of professional environments — we are here to help you do it.

While you train to make the impact you always knew you could with an online Master’s in Human Services Counseling degree, we’ll strive to provide you with a well-rounded and rewarding educational experience that incorporates new and advancing methodologies promoting successful career outcomes for you in the field of mental health and leadership. You’ll also benefit from:

• A customizable career path through the online MA in Human Services Counseling’s variety of specializations
• Experienced professors who have not only gained mastery of their content from their own first-hand experiences, but who are also committed to mentorship and your success
• The ability to complete your online Master’s in Human Services Counseling degree online in less than two years; our mission is to equip you to make an impact on those you serve

Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Online Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted. (If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Any postbaccalaureate or graduate-level transcripts will also be required.)

Two (2) Recommendation FormsDownload Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to The Online Graduate School via email at Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted. Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid. Applicants waive their right to view completed recommendation forms upon asking a reference to complete the form.

Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at

GRE Required – Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. Submitted test scores may not be more than five (5) years old.

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