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 55 miles from central Louisville.
- The University of Louisville, located near the city center, offers master's degrees in social work and public administration as well as a doctoral program in social work.
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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 university||4-year public university||4-year public university|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||2,311*||1,895*||21,561*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant town||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)||$24,000*||$7,754 in-state; $18,056 out-of-state*||$10,744 in-state; $25,050 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013-2014)||99%*||94%*||97%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014)||46%*||48%*||74%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||74% for full-time students*||44% for full-time students*||81% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||38%*||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 is designed to be completed on the weekends. Students who possess a bachelor's degree in social work can complete the program with 34 credit hours of coursework, while those with bachelor's degrees in another academic field must complete 58 credit hours.
Courses cover such topics as social work leadership and policy analysis. Students also complete field experiences at local public and non-profit agencies, mental health facilities and family service centers. In addition to qualifying students for the state's social work licensure examination, program curriculum can be used to prepare for certification as a drug and alcohol counselor.
Kentucky State University
Kentucky State University features undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration. These programs are offered through the School of Public Administration, Social Work and Criminal Justice. Its master's degree program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
To complete program requirements for the public administration degree, students must take core courses in fields ranging from political science to public administration and sociology. Students select the remaining coursework according to their career plans. Electives could include topics in accounting, office administration and criminal justice.
Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Kentucky State University offers specializations in human resource management, international administration and development, management information systems and non-profit management. All students complete coursework in areas including personnel assessment, human resource law and community planning. Managerial computer applications, public sector economics and government agency budgeting could also be discussed. Students complete an internship as well.
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 public policy and administration, human resource management or non-profit management. Depending on students' areas of focus, coursework could cover topics in public budgeting, policy analysis, organizational theory and statistics for public affairs. Community development, urban economics and administrative law could also be discussed.
Students also complete an internship or practicum requirement. Those looking for dual degree options can pursue a joint degree program in urban planning or curatorial studies.
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 international 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 50 credit hours beyond the master's degree. Ph.D. candidates must also complete a dissertation and comprehensive examination.