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Serving people. This is at the heart of the MSU Denver Human Services major.
Human Services is the art and science of helping people. And as such, MSU Denver combines extensive hands-on experience with challenging academics so you develop into a competent and compassionate professional.
At MSU Denver, you can choose from five Human Services concentrations, offering clear career pathways in these areas:
Learning in small classes from professors who have worked in the field, you will receive countless opportunities to learn by doing that include field trips, service-learning, 750 hours of skill-building practicums and an internship, research and even study abroad experiences.
By the time you graduate, you will have the academic credentials, resume and professional connections to begin a career or pursue graduate studies.
As a Human Services major you will complete a hundreds of hours of fieldwork, giving you both professional skills and experience to put on your resume.
Your fieldwork includes the following:
A one-credit Pre-Field Seminar
An eight-credit Practicum (Addiction Studies students complete two practicums in order to qualify for addiction counselor certification, CAC I).
12-credit Professional Internship
MSU Denver has affiliation agreements with a number of organizations for fieldwork placements including:
The Human Services bachelor’s degree program offers an enormous range of career choices.
Addiction professionals, youth counselors, mental health counselors, nonprofit administrators and emergency responders, these are just a smattering of the professions you can enter as an MSU Denver Human Services graduate.
Students who complete the Addiction Studies concentration can apply to the Department of Regulatory Agencies to become a Certified Addictions Counselor after graduation.
Salaries in these fields range dramatically depending on whether or not you have a master’s degree from $30,000 to $70,000 a year and above.
Associate Professor Lynann Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III. She founded Professional Counseling Services, Inc., providing a six-week intervention program for students facing suspension from high schools in five different school districts. She is also the author of “Walking with Tigers: One Refugees Incredible Story of Survival.”
Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Addiction Studies Tricia Hudson-Matthew is a certified play therapist and works in private practice with children aged five years and above. She also works with substance abuse individuals and couples, assisting them in their relational journeys.
More than 50 percent of MSU Denver Human Services students are offered a job before the end of their internships. Plus 97 percent report that they plan to pursue graduate school.
MSU Denver Human Services alumni are working at these organizations:
Human Services graduates have been accepted for post-graduate study at:
Located adjacent to the heart of downtown Denver, the Auraria Campus is situated in close proximity to government agencies, nonprofit offices, hospitals and other settings where you might complete research, a practicum or internship.
MSU Denver’s Human Services program is accredited through the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.
MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency courses meet the U.S. Fire Administration’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education recognition program standards.
Contact the Department of Human Services and Counseling
West Classroom, Suite 236 on the Auraria Campus
Mailing Address:Metropolitan State University of Denver
Main Office Phone: 303.615.0700