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Master of Arts in Human Services Administration

Earn your Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from Judson University, and learn to take charge of organizations that meet the needs of vulnerable individuals and families. By combining executive organizational function with human understanding, you’ll prepare to become a competent and compassionate leader.

Through your coursework, you’ll gain specialized knowledge and skills regarding what puts children, adults, and groups at risk, as well as the solutions you can develop and champion as you ascend to a leadership position.


How will a human services administration master’s benefit me?


What will I learn in this program?


As you progress through this program, you’ll come to a greater understanding of vulnerable populations while developing strategies to improve them. While studying for your Master of Arts in Human Services Administration, you’ll learn:

  • Human developmental theories and how they apply to social work
  • Advanced business and leadership techniques to maintain your organization’s structure and finances
  • Effective human services practices that help improve quality of life

This program is for individuals who want to become leaders or directors of not-for-profit organizations. The goal of this degree is to train individuals to feel comfortable in that management role.”

Dr. Susan Wesner
Chair, Division of Professional Studies


What classes will I take?

This program requires 38 credit hours. Courses blend theory and strategy with opportunities for real-world research and application. Classes you’ll take include:

  • Analysis and Research Strategies
  • Applied Leadership Decision-Making
  • Applied Research Project
  • Counseling Theory
  • Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems
  • Global Leadership Across Cultures and Distance
  • Human Growth and Lifespan Development
  • Human Services Program Planning, Delivery, and Evaluation
  • Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development
  • Organizational Finance
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Human Services Administration
  • Strategic Leadership

What makes this program stand out?

  • 87%

    Faculty members with a master’s degree or higher

  • Top 20

    Best Colleges for Parents Returning to School according to BestCollegeReviews.org

  • 15

    Average class size in MA in Human Services Administration Program


How is the master’s in human services administration different from the master’s in clinical mental health counseling?


While both the human services administration and clinical mental health counseling master’s degree programs prepare you to facilitate change, they do so in different ways.

Human services administration

Learn advanced skills in finances, leadership, and program planning and implementation so you can lead a non-profit organization.

Clinical mental health counseling

Prepare to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois by developing diagnostic and communication skills.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


How long will it take to get my degree?

While you attend class just one night a week, expect to take about 15 additional hours per week working on coursework. By keeping this schedule, you can finish this degree in just 19 months.

Can I transfer to Judson?

Yes, many credits transfer to Judson. Take advantage of our generous transfer policy by working one-on-one with enrollment coaches to make sure you get the most credit possible for your former work.


How much will it cost?

$685

per credit hour
(38 credit hours required)

99%+

Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid

847.637.0689


What jobs can I get with a human services administration degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide, there are more than 147,000 jobs in the field of social and community service management. Through 2026, employment in this area is projected to grow by 18%—much faster than average.

In Illinois specifically, nearly 400 annual job openings come available in this category.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • Child, family, or school social worker

    National Annual Mean Salary: $40,305

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $35,673

  • Non-profit agency director

    National Annual Mean Salary: $67,716

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $65,000

  • Social service manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $64,100

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $63,870

BLS, 2017

“I’m an immigration specialist working for a local non-profit organization. With my master’s, I’d like to go back to my home country, Mexico, to open a non-profit.”

Jessica Fernandez
MA in Human Services Administration


Why choose Judson for a human services administration degree?

Made for working adults

As a student in Judson’s Division of Professional Studies, your classes take place just one night a week, maximizing each session with career-centered knowledge and skills. Classes are taught online or on campus in Elgin or Rockford, giving you the freedom to study at a time and place that fits your schedule.

The Master of Arts in Human Services Administration is taught on our Rockford and Elgin campuses, and online.

Choose the location that works best with your schedule.

  • Rockford Campus

    Rockford Campus
    200 Y. Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois

  • Online

    Online

  • Elgin Campus

    Elgin Campus
    1151 North State Street, Elgin, Illinois

Free child care at the Rockford campus

To help you focus on what matters most, Judson has partnered with the YMCA to provide free child care during class to students who attend the Rockford campus.

Resources that will help you succeed

Success coaches, 24/7 help desk support, tutoring services, and more are always close by to set you up for success inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
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    Student Success Center
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    Career Services
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    Free Daycare
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    Designated Success Coach
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    Financial Aid Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students