M.S. Human Services Administration

What is Human Services Administration?

The Master of Science in Human Services Administration is an advanced degree that teaches students good practice skills in managing and administering existing human services agencies like those that serve children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, aging centers, and nursing homes. In addition, the major’s unique feature is that it will teach students how to create new agencies through models such as a private-for-profit business, private-non-profit organization, or social entrepreneurship.

The degree program will bring an awareness to current social issues and the need for a solution based on the knowledge, values, and skills of the Human Services profession.

Courses will focus on creating a community needs assessment to determine where gaps in service exist. Then students will proceed with learning:

  • How to develop a 501 c (3) organization with agency by-laws, mission statement, and a board of trustees.
  • Budgeting, fundraising, and grantsmanship will be taught so funding sources are provided as resources.
  • Business principles needed to create private-for-profit businesses and a social entrepreneurship will also be taught.

This unique approach to teaching students how to apply administrative skills to human services agencies will allow graduates to return to their communities to offer new solutions to existing social issues.

This program is applied directly to the community through coursework that includes service learning and an internship that puts into practice the skills the students have used. Students will have a hands-on program where they will learn the theory and then put it into practice in their community.

Professional Development Opportunities

An optional field placement course with hands on interning experience within a human service agency as an administrator is available.

Where can you work with a degree in Human Services Administration?

  • healthcare
  • child welfare
  • aging
  • mental health
  • counseling
  • program development that services your own community
  • non-profit and for profit management

What will you learn?

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Develop a strategy and fundraising plan for a human services organization
  • Identify fundraising tools that include people, skills, equipment, and technology
  • Locate organizations and websites that are sources for public and private grants
  • Develop a grant application for use in a human services organization
  • Determine action steps to address organizational legal and ethical issues
  • Recognize and apply the National Organization of Human Services Code of Ethics
  • Discuss the history and the need for past and present human services and the vulnerable populations they serve such as:
    • children
    • the aged
    • mentally and physically challenged
    • victims of crime and abuse
    • those living in poverty
    • substance abusers
    • those who are chronically ill
  • Describe new models of human services organizations including private for profit, private non-profit, and social entrepreneurship
  • Create a marketing plan for a human service organization
  • Apply human resource management concepts
  • Identify ethical issues that challenge human service professionals
  • Analyze the administrative policies and procedures
  • Develop an annual budget
  • Construct job descriptions
  • Describe the concept of a needs assessment and how they are conducted

Flexibility for the Working Professional

  • Complete 12 classes in one year (full time basis) or two years (part time basis)
  • 1 – 2 courses per 8 week term

Contact your graduate admission counselor for more information on how a Master’s Program can fit into your life.


Degree Requirements

Electives (36 Credits)

Total Credits 36