The Master of Science (M.S.) in Individual, Family & Community Sciences (formerly M.S. Human Services) offers a core curriculum, internship, and capstone experience to provide enhanced competence and advanced qualifications grounded in best practice and directed toward success in the helping professions. Individual, Family, & Community Sciences is a broadly defined field with an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focused on prevention and remediation to uniquely promote various ways to meet human needs. East Tennessee State University graduates may further their careers in leadership of human service programs, administration of nonprofits, staff training, grant writing, team leader, program development and coordination, family support, operational management, marketing and public relations, research and program evaluation, advocacy and community organizing, advancement and fundraising, and expanding number of roles with private, public, voluntary, international, and nonprofit organizations.
NOTE: The Master of Science does not lead to professional licensure as a counselor. See the M.A. in Counseling program (not an online program) for information on counselor preparation programs.
The world is changing, growing more diverse and complex. There is a need for a variety of helping professionals. Governments are privatizing, and the resulting human service organizations create units and positions with versatile functions and transformative response.
While our practitioners will work for the public, they will also serve foundations and for-profit purposes in areas like mental/behavioral health, wellness, eldercare, childcare and child life specialists, substance abuse counseling, youth development, homelessness, hunger, poverty, social justice, domestic violence, neglect and abuse, human resources, risk management, career coaching, college admissions and student affairs, university advisement, educational consultation, disability services, diversity training, quality enhancement, records supervision, emergency management and crisis intervention, parent-caregiver education, career coaching, therapeutic recreation and camping, facility licensure, nonprofit board membership, corrections counseling, and community outreach.
Program information including curriculum and graduation requirements can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog.