Online Master of Human Services Administration

This master’s degree is online and delivered through Antioch University Connected.

Program Overview

Do you want a career where you can both earn a living and have a greater impact on the people, organizations and communities where you live and work? Social service agencies, like many other institutions, are experiencing a shortage of qualified leaders as existing staff retire. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts need for social and community service managers will grow 10% between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

The MHSA program follows a schedule designed for adults, with two, 7-week sessions per semester. Students take between three and four credits each session. All classes include work-based applications designed to deepen your knowledge, share professional experiences, and culminate with a practical Change Project. This project is spread over two classes and includes research, a proposal design and, a set of recommendations meant to solve an agency problem in the real-world.

Program Length:

The full-time schedule consists of a student registering for three to four semester credits in each 7-week session, allowing students to complete the program in 5 consecutive semesters (20 months)

Recommended course sequence*

Year One

Year Two

The online Master of Human Services Administration (MHSA) from Antioch University Online prepares practitioners to be effective leaders in the rewarding field of social services. Professionals with a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration may pursue various leadership positions with social service agencies. Some of these jobs may include titles of:

  • Executive Director
  • Social services administrator
  • Grant writer
  • Director of community service
  • Residential counselor
  • Program Director
  • Case Specialist

Practitioners in the field of Human Services Administration require broad and relevant knowledge and skills that enable and promote service delivery to a range of individuals and communities. Shared competencies among service providers create a framework for training and preparing professionals to meet the needs of diverse communities. The Master of Human Services Administration competency areas are:

  • Systems and Strategic Thinking (ST) – Explore conceptual framework and language to explain the complexity of organizational systems.
  • Self-Development (SD) – Develop clarity of and commitment to one’s leadership mission and values, and the skills to put mission and values into practice.
  • Collaboration and Group Dynamics (CGD) – Create a common mission, vision, values and norms, finding common ground while respecting and incorporating human differences.
  • Financial Management (FM) – Exercise and apply strategies to manage the internal financial controls including accounting, financial planning, budgeting, cash flow management, and donor systems and establish strong systems of donor stewardship.
  • Human Resource Development (HRD) – Evaluate and develop strategies to achieve strategic organizational goals while supporting employee development and success.
  • Research and Information Design (RID) – Evaluate and apply skills of gathering, organizing, and interpreting information and metrics to promote sustainable systems, make informed organizational decisions, and mitigate risk.
  • Purposeful Systemic Change (CHNG) – Exercise appropriate leadership to identify and promote organizational development and continuous improvement efforts to transform organizational structures, processes, and culture.

Admissions Criteria

  • Online Application
  • No Application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution recognized by regional accreditation: exceptions may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis using faculty’s professional judgment such as cases of international degree. Antioch Connected will accept degrees earned under the terms of the Bologna Declaration.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (exceptions may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis using faculty’s professional judgment)
  • One letter of recommendation (Writer should know the applicant in a professional or academic context)
  • Current resume
  • Admission essay
  • Reading & Writing in English Proficiency Assessment (if applicable) or TOEFL score of 550 “paper-based”, 214 “computer-based”, and 79 “internet-based or higher.
  • GMAT or GRE not required

$650/semester hour

$75/semester technology fee

Learn more about financial aid options

Session B: 03/6/17 - 04/23/17 Start End
Registration Windows
Registration 12/2/16 3/5/17
Application Deadline 2/24/17
Add 3/6/17 3/14/17
Drop (No transcript notation) 3/6/17 3/14/17
Withdraw (W transcript notation) 3/15/17 4/8/17
Withdraw No Credit (WNC transcript notation) 4/9/17 4/23/17
Refund Windows
Drop 100% 3/6/17 3/14/17
Withdraw/Withdraw No Credit 0% 3/15/17 4/23/17
Financial Aid Dates
Book Vouchers Available 2/1/17 2/27/17
Tuition Payment Due 3/6/17
Financial Aid Disbursed 3/15/17
Financial Aid Overages Available 3/24/17
Narrative Grading
Grades posted in MyAntioch 5/3/17
Campus Holidays
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday 1/16/17
President's Day 2/20/17

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