Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 EIU Graduate Catalog

Human Services

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 Mission Statement:  The Master of Science in Human Services graduate program prepares students through teaching and experiential learning, research, and theoretical application to improve our diverse global society. The program’s integrative approach is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions by advancing critical thinking, reflective practice, knowledge, and communication skills.

The program can be completed in the online, hybrid, or face-to-face formats. All required courses are offered in online and face-to-face formats on a regular basis.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). Applicants who have not completed a baccalaureate family and consumer sciences program will be expected to satisfy undergraduate deficiency course requirements in addition to their graduate course requirements.  The graduate coordinator will identify undergraduate deficits at the time the admission decision is made.  Potential undergraduate deficiencies could be HSL 1800- Life Span Human Development, NTR 2100- Personal Nutrition and HSL 3300- Personal and Family Finance.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.



Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include those outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see “Requirements for the Master’s Degree”).  At the time of program application, undergraduate deficiency courses will be identified, if applicable.   Courses that will satisfy the requirements are HSL - 1800 Human Development and HSL 2820 - Family Relations and must be completed with grades of “A” or “B” during the first semester available.

Total Hours: 33

Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge

To complete the Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge, students are required to successfully complete a capstone experience with oral and written components.  The professional capstone requires satisfactory completion through a Thesis (HSL 5950) Internship (HSL 5980) or Independent Study (FCS 5990) for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 semester hours.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are offered for students to provide teaching, research, and service support and assistance in the Department of Human Services and in the Child and Family Life Education Center. the weekly work obligation is 18 hours. Applications for graduate assistantships in the following academic year are due by February 15 or the following business day. Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Kathleen O’Rourke at

Accelerated Graduate Program

Admission to the accelerated MS in Human Services requires that a student have completed a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate course credit and have either a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or a minimum undergraduate major GPA of 3.75. In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 hours of Human Services courses.

To apply for the accelerated MS in Human Services, applicants must meet the above requirements and submit an application found on the Accelerated Graduate Program: MS Human Services page. 

Upon acceptance to the program, students must complete the Shared Course Request form with assistance from the program’s academic advisor or graduate coordinator.

For more information on the Human Services Accelerated Graduate Program, visit the Graduate School’s website and contact Mrs. Rose Myers-Bradley, Academic Advisor, 1046 Klehm Hall, 217-581-5310 or

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