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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's in Human Services Administration degree 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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The online Master's in Human Services Administration program is offered online and at the following Saint Leo University education centers:

  • Florida: Ocala
  • Georgia: Savannah

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

An Master's in Human Services Administration prepares graduates for a wide variety of management positions in companies, government, and nonprofit organizations. Positions held by Saint Leo's Human Services Administration graduates have included:

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

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

What will you learn?

Graduates of the online Master's in Human Services Administration program 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
“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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