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Human Services Administration, Online Master of Science

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

Why enroll in our Human Services online Master's Degree program at Saint Leo? 

Saint Leo University’s online master’s degree in human services programs offer you the flexibility you’re looking for and the courses you need to get ahead.

Our online Master of Science in Human Services Administration program prepares graduates with the knowledge, values and skills they need to administer a human services agency or organization. Students will examine methods of leadership, management, board development, program planning, community needs assessment, program evaluation, and grantsmanship. You will learn:

    • Steps for developing a nonprofit organization, including applying for 501(c)(3) status, drafting agency bylaws, implementing a mission statement, and organizing a board of trustees
    • Business principles for creating for-profit companies and social entrepreneurship
    • Budgeting, fundraising, borrowing and grantsmanship strategies
    • How to conduct a community needs assessment, then create new services to fill gaps or improve upon existing services
    • How to market human services programs and recruit a volunteer workforce if needed
Graduates will be prepared to create their own community service organization or take on administrative and program development roles within existing agencies that address healthcare, child welfare, aging, mental health, counseling, and other social issues.

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

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

Professional Devlopment 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

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
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