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Online Master's in Human Services Administration

Why enroll in our online Master's in Human Services Administration program?


Our online Master of Science in Human Services Administration degree program prepares graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills they need to administer or start their own human services agency or organization. Students will examine methods of leadership, management, board development, fundraising, ethical issues, community needs assessment, program evaluation, marketing, advocacy, managing volunteers, grantsmanship, and creating a new human services organization. You will learn these executive-level skills:

    • Steps for developing a nonprofit organization, including applying for 501(c)(3) status, drafting agency bylaws, crafting and implementing a mission statement, and organizing a board of directors
    • Business principles for creating for-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship ventures
    • Budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and grantsmanship strategies
    • Steps to conduct a community needs assessment, followed by the steps needed to create new services or improve upon existing services to fill gaps
    • Strategies to market human services programs, recruit a volunteer workforce, and manage staff

The education graduates attain prepares them to create their own community service organization, or to take on administrative and program development roles within existing agencies, and can be applied at agencies that address a wide range of needs and social issues, described in more detail below.

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The online Master's in Human Services Administration program is offered online, starting a new term every 8 weeks, and at the following Saint Leo University Education Centers:

  • Florida: Ocala
  • Georgia: Savannah

Students have the option to complete the program in one year or two years.

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

A Master's in Human Services Administration prepares graduates for a wide variety of management and administrative positions in companies, government, and nonprofit organizations. The program teaches students best-practice skills in managing and administering existing human services agencies. Such organizations include those that serve children, adolescents, adults, veterans, homeless, and the elderly. The organizations and their programs are also to be found in a similarly wide range of settings and within larger parent organizations, such as government agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, community centers, mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, aging centers, and criminal justice facilities.

Graduates of the M.S. in Human Services Administration find work in the areas of:

  • Grant writing
  • Child welfare
  • Long-term care
  • Mental health
  • Government (local, state, or federal)
  • Community services
  • Nonprofit, for-profit management, and social entrepreneurship

Specific positions held by Saint Leo's Human Services Administration graduates have included:

Executive Director, CEO, Agency Director, Associate Director, Program Manager, Program Director, Disaster Program Manager, Director, Grants Management Specialist, Policy Analyst, Contract Manager, Government Information Specialist, Advocacy Director, Nonprofit Administrator, Community Relations Director, Fundraising Director, Marketing Director (nonprofit setting), Donor Relations Manager, Coordinator of Planned Giving, Director of Special Initiatives, Compliance Director, Volunteer Director, Special Events Director, Public Relations Manager, Housing Program Manager, Director of Support Services, Teen Center Director, Homeless Services Director, Director of Human Services, Human Services Business Analyst

Professional Development Opportunities

An optional field placement course with hands-on internship experience within a human services agency as an administrator is available.

In applied courses you will learn more about how to:

  • Advocate for clients and their agency
  • Develop fundraising ideas and plans
  • Apply a step-by-step approach for grant proposals
  • Market human services programs
  • Recruit a board of directors
  • Manage a volunteer workforce
  • Develop leadership competencies
  • Create a new human services agency
  • Apply ethical standards appropriate for the human services profession
  • Develop a needs assessment
  • Complete a community-based research project

What will you learn?

Graduates of the online Master's in Human Services Administration program will be able to meet challenges and fulfill real-world assignments such as these:

  • Develop a strategy and fundraising plan for a human services organization
  • Apply the steps to create a nonprofit board
  • Locate sources (both organizations and websites) of 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
  • Create a needs assessment for a vulnerable population served by a human services agency
  • Describe new models of human services organizations including private for profit, private non-profit, and social entrepreneurship ventures
  • Create a marketing plan for a human services organization
  • Apply human resource management concepts to situations with employee and volunteer management
  • Identify ethical issues that challenge human services professionals
  • Analyze the administrative policies and procedures
  • Develop leadership and management competencies
  • Identify ways that human service administrators can effectively advocate for their clients and their agency
  • Analyze administrative policies and procedures
“I choose Saint Leo University because unlike other university’s I have attended, SLU always seemed to have a connection with all the students. The instructors are always available and encouraging when you need help and provide positive feedback within 24hrs. Going into my field I am 100% prepared without any doubts. SLU chose the correct curriculum for my degree plan which makes me feel truly confident in working in my field.”
Bridgette Rodriguez
“All of the classes in the Human Service Administration program were a favorite of mine because each one prepared students to acquire knowledge and skills to be an asset at any type of organization. The grantsmanship course guided students throughout the entire process of researching and completing the grant proposal. I was skeptical when I began this course but once I completed it, I felt comfortable enough to add grant writing experience on my resume.”
Diane Franklin
“I looked at a few schools, but when I saw the morals of Saint Leo and the core values, it made me look deeper. I went to other schools where I was just a number and it was just school, but when I saw the class sizes for Saint Leo and how each professor was in the field, it felt right to me and felt this was where I wanted to go.”
Tricia Alvarez
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