Louisville Human Services Management Schools
Students looking for courses and degree programs in human services management will find that options are limited in the Louisville area. However, related programs in social work and public administration are offered at a few schools. Read about the field experiences and/or courses required in the programs for three colleges. Also included in the article is a table of info for each school, including details on costs, campus environments and more.
- Located right in downtown Louisville, Spalding University offers a social work master's degree program.
- Students willing to travel a little further can find both bachelor's and master's public administration programs at Kentucky State University, which is about 44 miles from central Louisville.
- The University of Louisville, located about five miles from the city center, offers master's degrees in social work and public administration as well as a doctoral program in social work.
Comparison of Schools
Take a glance at this table below to learn more about each school. Factors like tuition and fees, the size of the student body and retention rates could impact your choice for where to study.
|Spalding University||Kentucky State University||University of Louisville|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year public||4-year public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,071*||1,926*||21,402*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant town||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)||$24,000*||$8,184 in-state; $19,638 out-of-state*||$11,264 in-state; $26,286 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||99%*||99%*||97%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||59%*||45%*||75%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||65% for full-time students*||68% for full-time students*||81% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in 2011)||45%*||20%*||54%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Spalding University is a private Catholic university located in downtown Louisville. The Council on Social Work Education accredits its graduate-level social work programs.
Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Spalding University requires the completion of 60 credit hours. Students will study topics like writing basics for social workers, methods of research, critical thinking, social justice and professional writing in the field of social work.
Kentucky State University
Kentucky State University features a graduate degree in public administration. The program is offered through the College of Public Service and Leadership Studies.
Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Kentucky State University offers specializations in human resource management, international development, management information systems and non-profit administration. All students complete coursework in areas including managerial computer applications, public sector economics and government agency budgeting.
University of Louisville
The University of Louisville is a large urban university housing the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work and the School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Urban and Public Affairs. With degree programs and specializations at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, students can prepare for state licensure through programs approved by the Council on Social Work Education. The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration accredit the school's public administration programs.
Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program features specialization options in urban governance, sustainable urban development or non-profit management. Depending on students' areas of focus, coursework could cover topics in organizational behavior, public management, fundraising and sustainability. Community development, urban economics and administrative ethics could also be discussed.
Master of Science in Social Work
Graduate students in the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program can specialize in such areas as marriage and family therapy, alcohol and drug counseling, gerontology, psychosocial oncology, mental health or school social work. Students may also have the opportunity to pursue dual degrees in areas including law, pan-African studies or bioethics.
Coursework covers topics in social work research, service delivery, leadership styles, project management and budgeting. Students can also participate in projects with organizations like Head Start, the Partnership to Prevent Child Abuse and Families in Transition.
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
This program is for social workers who would like to take on educational or administrative roles in social service organizations. Program requirements include 56 credit hours beyond the master's degree. Ph.D. candidates must also complete a dissertation and comprehensive examination.