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M.A. in Sociology, Human Services Track

M.A. in Sociology, Human Services Track

The Human Services Program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of human services fields and to offer advanced training to those already employed in human services professions.

With a Human Services focus, you will:

  • Develop your administrative and leadership skills.
  • Gain research skills in needs assessment and program evaluation.
  • Learn about positive trends in human services, e.g., strengths-based, empowerment-oriented models.
  • Develop your understanding of key content areas.
  • Build a critical analysis.


Students in the Human Services Program complete 15 credits of core courses:

  • SOC 710 Sociology of Human Services
  • SOC 711 Human Services Administration or SOC 712 Methods for Human Service Practitioners
  • SOC 705 Research Seminar in Sociology
  • SOC 762 Analysis of Social Data
  • SOC 709 Contemporary Sociological Theory
In addition, students choose a specialization and complete three to five* courses focusing on their particular area of interest: 
  • Administration and Evaluation
  • Children and Families
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Health and Medicine
  • Aging
  • Or create your own!

*Three courses for those choosing the Thesis option (6 cr), and five courses for those students choosing the Non-Thesis option. Please see the Graduate Catalog for a complete listing of curriculum requirements.

A six-credit internship offers students the ability to utilize their acquired knowledge on a first-hand basis.Finally, students have the option to choose to complete a thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Special Features

  • Evening classes available
  • Go part-time or full-time
  • Thesis or comprehensive exam option
  • Small class size and seminars
  • Begin Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Can enroll first in one course with simple admission process
  • Earn credit for internships
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Paid assistantships available
  • Combines practical and academic knowledge
  • Professional training through Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI)
  • Campus located fifty miles NE of Pittsburgh
  • Courses may be applicable for CAC credentialing with Certification Board's approval

Prepare yourself for positions like:

Executive director/administrator
Direct service practitioner
Researcher/data analysis

In programs such as:

Government agencies
Adolescent services
Drug and alcohol services
Child welfare
Family services
Women's shelters
Hospitals/nursing homes

  • Sociology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 102
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2730
  • Fax: 724-357-4842
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.