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Develop strategies to improve the lives of at-risk groups

With your Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from Judson University, you can take charge of organizations that support vulnerable individuals and families. Combine executive-level business skills with empathy and understanding to become a competent, compassionate leader.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Apply human developmental theories to social work practices
  • Demonstrate advanced business and leadership techniques to maintain your organization’s structure and finances
  • Employ effective human services practices that help improve quality of life

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Why do future human services leaders choose Judson?

Tuition below the private-college average

  • $750 Cost Per Credit Hour (below the national private university average for graduate programs) - Source: IPEDS
  • 91% of Judson students lower their out-of-pocket costs by receiving financial aid

Your master’s, on your schedule

  • Attend class online or one night a week at the campus closest to you: Elgin or Rockford. It’s possible you’ll take courses in both formats.
  • Plan to spend about 15 hours each week working on assignments.
  • You can finish this degree in 18 months by following this plan.

Courses that build effectiveness and empathy

To graduate with your master’s, you must complete 36 credit hours. Courses blend theory and strategy with opportunities for real-world research and application.

Course List
  • HSA 522 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Human Services Administration
  • HSA 623 Human Services Program Planning, Delivery, and Evaluation
  • MHC 504 Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems
  • MHC 510 Human Growth and Lifespan Development
  • MHC 512 Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development
  • MHC 515 Counseling Theory
  • ORL 505 Analysis and Research Strategies
  • ORL 525 Global Leadership
  • ORL 612 Organizational Finance
  • ORL 616 Strategic Writing and Communications
  • ORL 620 Applied Leadership Decision Making
  • ORL 625 Applied Research Project in Leadership

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Illinois needs more managers like you

Illinois is projected to average 625 job openings each year statewide for social and community service managers through 2030.

Earning a Human Services Administration master’s and gaining work experience prepares you for such career opportunities as:

  • Preschool and childcare center director

    $54,340

  • Social and community service manager

    $77,340

  • Student services coordinator

    $42,600

Annual mean wage in Illinois as of May 2020/November 2021. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Salary.com

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Giving you strength you as you prepare to strengthen others


Always by your side, in-person or online

No matter how you take classes, you have easy access to Judson’s wide variety of supportive people and resources, such as:

  • Enrollment and Success Coaches who help you navigate the application and enrollment processes, stay on top of your coursework, and maintain school-life balance.
  • 24/7 tech helpdesk takes the worry out of virtually accessing classes and assignments.
  • Tutoring and academic support empowers you to thrive, even in difficult classes and assignments.

A community committed to each other

  • With an average class size of 15 students in this program, you’ll become close with your classmates.
  • Smaller classes also means more one-on-one conversations with Judson’s expert instructors.
  • 94% of Judson students recommend us to a friend because of the quality and community they find here.

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Make a meaningful impact with your master’s