M.S. Human Services Administration

What is Human Services Administration?

It is an advanced degree that prepares graduates with the knowledge, values and skills they need to administer a human services agency or organization.

Students will study:

  • leadership
  • management
  • board development
  • program planning
  • create new services or improve existing ones
  • community needs assessment
  • program evaluation
  • grantsmanship

Additionally, students will learn:

  • how to organize a private for profit, or non-profit organization as well establish a social entrepreneurship
  • develop a 501 (c)(3) application
  • organize a board of trustees
  • implement a mission statement

Professional Development Opportunities

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

Complete applied courses where you will learn:

  • how to develop new organizations
  • how to search for funding
  • develop fundraising ideas and plans
  • market the programs
  • collaborate with board of directors
  • recruit a volunteer workforce

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

  • Evening and weekend classes; program also available online
  • Complete 12 classes in one year (full time basis) or two years (part time basis)
  • 1 – 2 courses per 8 week term

Program currently available online and (on ground) at the Savannah Education Center in Savannah, Georgia.

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

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