Master's Degree in Human Services Counseling (Non-clinical)

The Master of Science in Human Services Counseling provides counseling knowledge and skills to serve human service agencies and institutions. This program is not designed for individuals seeking licensure in a counseling profession. Graduates of this program often work in community, church and para-church programs as caseworkers, intake specialists, and other roles including providing assistance to state licensed counseling professionals.

You will learn interviewing methods, active listening characteristics, and counseling interventions for diverse social and cultural contexts. You will be able to discuss legal, ethical and professional issues associated with lay ministry and the professional practice of counseling. You will also understand major theoretical approaches to counseling in marital and family therapy.

Course Examples

As part of your curriculum, you will have the opportunity to take courses including:

  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Counseling in a Pluralistic Society
  • Methods and Techniques in Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Integration Issues in Behavioral Sciences
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Human Growth and Life Span Development

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Careers in counseling and psychology

Counselors and psychologists help people recognize their strengths and find resources to cope with problems and adversity. There are limitless ways to put your desire to help people to good use:

  • Academic sports psychologist
  • Addictions counselor
  • Adult psychiatrist
  • Applied sports psychologist
  • Career counselor
  • Christian or church counselor
  • Clinical psychiatrist
  • Clinical therapist
  • Consulting services director
  • Geriatric care specialist
  • Group home coordinator
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist
  • Leadership psychologist
  • Management consultant
  • Marriage or family counselor
  • Military psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Organizational development consultant
  • Outpatient psychiatrist
  • Prison psychologist
  • Psychiatry child adolescent physician
  • Psychiatry geriatrics physician
  • Psychiatry physician
  • School counselor
  • Social behavioral scientist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Teacher

The median annual salary of clinical psychologists is $67,800. The salaries of clinical psychologists vary depending on work setting, experience and work location.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Full support

Get access to full campus support and resources. Students can take advantage of the Career Center for job training and assistance, the Wellness Center for fitness classes and facilities, the Counseling Center and more.

Individual attention

Our class sizes are small. We create an atmosphere where you have 1-on-1 interactions with faculty who invest in your performance and well-being.

Affordability & value

SAGU students graduate with 20% less debt on average than other private universities. Our Financial Aid team is your team to help secure grants, scholarships and other financial resources to help ease your mind.

Sticker price vs. your cost

When choosing a college, it is important to realize the difference between the sticker price and your net costs after scholarships and grants. SAGU offers a net price calculator to help you identify financial opportunities to reduce your college costs.

Christian faith

Everything we do springs from a Christian world view. SAGU creates an environment that strengthens your faith and your mind, integrating faith and learning.


You can be confident that your SAGU degree is recognized.

SAGU holds accreditations with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. We also hold a number of prestigious program accreditations.

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