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Saint Leo University | MS in Human Services Administration

Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Human Services Administration program provides students who desire to pursue managerial careers in human services agencies the opportunity to build relevant skills and knowledge. Read on for more information about this master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Human Services Administration

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Before enrolling in this MS program, students might have taken undergraduate coursework in sociology and psychology. Applicants to Saint Leo University's master's degree programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What is the need for human services? Which funding sources are available to human services organizations? How are nonprofit organizations created? These are among the topics students might explore when they enroll in the Master of Science in Human Services Administration program at Saint Leo University. Students might build an understanding of how to manage human services employees, follow the code of ethics in this field, and develop and implement public policies. In the program's final project, students could assist a community agency in developing a grant or marketing plan or organize a fundraising event. Electives allow students to focus their studies in areas of human resources, health care, technology, or youth ministry.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Courses are offered every 8 weeks, so you can find the session that works best for your schedule. Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Financial aid opportunities are unique to each student’s circumstances. Complete the form to the right to speak with an admissions representative to learn more about Saint Leo University’s programs, cost, and start dates.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Human Services Administration:

In this advanced program, students must complete nine core courses and a project, as well as two elective courses, for a total of 36 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (30 credits)

  • Management & Leadership in Human Service Organizations
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Community Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • Working in Human Services Administration
  • Creating New Human Services Organizations
  • Funding Sources for Human Services Organizations
  • Advocacy and Policy Analyses
  • Grantsmanship
  • Marketing in Human Services Organizations
  • Graduate Project in Human Services Organizations

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Select two or more of the following courses:
    • Administration of Aging Programs
    • Essentials of Technology Planning for Human Services Organizations
    • Management of Child Welfare Agencies
    • Field Placement in Human Services Administration
    • Health Care Organization/Managed Care
    • Critical Issues in Health Care
    • HR Strategic Training and Development
    • Administrative and Personnel Law
    • Principles of Cybersecurity Management
    • Project Process Groups and Project/Product Life Cycles
    • Management of Human Resources in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Planning and Financial Management in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Youth Ministry

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Saint Leo University, graduates might have developed the leadership skills and knowledge of human services operations, policy development, and advocacy practices necessary to pursue managerial positions in the field. They might seek work in areas of mental health counseling, child welfare, health care or nonprofit management. Their responsibilities could include policy analysis, program development, fundraising, or budgeting.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Student affairs administrator
  • Geriatric social worker
  • Human services agency director
  • Community service manager

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