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Human Systems Intervention MA

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum two years of full-time work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum B average or a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  • A clearly delineated career intention concerning the development of intervention expertise for a particular domain of professional practice.
  • Capacity to undertake all core courses of the first year in the scheduled sequence of the program.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

The Graduate Program Director may require a demonstration of English language competencies for international students or students educated abroad.

Preference will be shown toward applicants who have work experience that is directly related to their learning goals in the program.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Applied Human Sciences Courses page for course descriptions.

Human Systems Intervention MA (45 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

AHSC 610 Group Process Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 620 Learning and Individual Change Processes (3.00)
AHSC 631 Research Methods (3.00)
AHSC 632 Planning Human Systems Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 660 Philosophy and Ethics of Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 670 Consultation Methods (3.00)
AHSC 680 Facilitating Individual and Group Learning Processes (6.00)
AHSC 685 Coaching Interventions and Processes (3.00)



AHSC 698 Master’s Project (15.00)


credits of Elective Courses chosen from:

AHSC 675 Introduction to Open Systems Theory (3.00)
AHSC 681 Special Topics (3.00)
AHSC 682 Special Topics (6.00)
AHSC 695 Independent Study I (3.00)
AHSC 696 Independent Study II (3.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Credits. Forty-two credits will be in required coursework, including 15 credits of project work. The remaining 3 credits are to be completed within or outside the department. Courses that are taken to complete entrance requirements to the program may not be counted toward the program's 45 credits. In exceptional cases, students who produce evidence of successful performance (B grade or better) in compatible coursework at other institutions may be permitted transfer credit. A maximum of 9 credits in transfer courses will be permitted.

Coursework. The program is divided into two sections of coursework, with Year I establishing the prerequisites for Year II. In addition, students will have a minimum of 3 credits of elective coursework to complete their degree requirements.

Year I provides students with fundamental understanding and frames of reference regarding learning and change processes of persons and groups, steps in the intervention process, ethical principles, and research methods. These fundamental understandings are then deepened through application in practice-based courses of Year II. The Master's Project is intended to promote an integration of concepts and practical experience.

Year I constitutes the first phase of the program. Year II and the Elective Coursework is more individually-tailored, and constitutes the second and subsequent years, when necessary.

YEAR I. 18 required credits.

YEAR II. 24 required credits.

Elective Coursework. Required credits from Years I and II comprise 42 of the 45 credits in this MA program. Students must complete an additional 3 credits of coursework to satisfy degree requirements. These three credits of coursework may be taken in Year I or Year II.

Course substitution. Students may be exempted from certain courses on the basis of course work completed prior to entry into the program. A maximum of 9 credits of transfer credits will be permitted. These credits will be counted toward the required 45 credits in the program.

Residential Laboratories. Students will be required to participate in two week-long residential laboratories for which expenses for accommodation, meals and program related fees will be the responsibility of the students.

Academic Regulations

  1. Course Load for Full-Time Students. The normal course load for full-time students will be a minimum of 18 credits per year. A student may not register for more than 27 credits per year without permission from the AHSC Graduate Program Director.
  2. Course Load for Part-Time Students. Students will only be admitted to the program on a full-time status for the first year. With explicit permission of the AHSC Graduate Committee, a student may continue on a part-time basis following the first year of study. Part-time status is defined as enrolling in less than 8 credits per semester.
  3. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  4. Program Specific Requirements. A minimum grade of B is required in each course.
  5. Residence. The minimum residence is one year (3 terms) of full-time study.
  6. Time Limit. Please refer to Academic Regulations page for further details regarding Time Limits.
  7. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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