Antioch’s Master’s degree in Human Services Administration (MHSA) prepares service-minded practitioners who seek the skills and knowledge to lead in organizations where they can help have a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether you want to advance your current career or pursue a role as an executive director, grant writer, or program manager, our master’s degree program could help you meet your educational goals.
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 employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
This degree is offered by AU Online.
Classes offered within the MHSA program challenge and prepare leaders to think creatively. Students learn human resources development, agency funding strategies, how to manage diverse populations of employees and clients, and how to improve and expand the quality of service in a variety of fields from social service organizations to nonprofits to human resources. This program incorporates a blend of management studies and human development courses to help you effectively lead, manage, and meaningfully interact with others in your organization and community.
Our MHSA program is designed for busy adults.
- 100% asynchronous online learning with 24/7 access to your class and resources
- One course at a time – balance work, college, and family – because all aspects of your life matter
- Faculty are active practitioners and engaged in your learning
- GMAT and GRE scores accepted but not required
- 36-semester credit program completely online
- Classes begin every 7 weeks, with multiple entry points
- At one course per term, earn your degree within two years
Recommended Course Sequence*:
- Human Services Systems and Organizations (Term A)
- Human Resource Management (Term B)
- Marketing & Communication Strategy (Term A)
- Grant Writing and Fund Development (Term B)
- Ethics & Legal Issues for Nonprofits (Term A)
- Financial Management & Analysis (Term B)
- Organizational Leadership & Governance (Term A)
- Program Planning & Evaluation (Term B)
- Developing People & Performance (Term A)
- Research Methods (Term B)
- Strategy, Innovation & Resilience (Term A)
- Change Project/Capstone (Term B)
* Courses and sequence are subject to change
The online Master of Human Services Administration (MHSA) from Antioch University Online prepares practitioners to be effective leaders and managers 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, such as:
- Executive Director
- Social Services Administrator
- Grant Writer
- Director of Community Service
- Program Director
- Case Specialist
Human Services Administration requires 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.
Antioch University particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and community experiences.
- Online Application (No Application fee)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Applicants who have not finished their degree must do so before the first day of their desired start term.
- Current resume
- GMAT and GRE scores accepted but not required.
- Admission essays: Please answer the question(s) below in 300 words or less for each.
- What do you see as the greatest challenge or challenges, facing people who strive to be leaders in today’s world?
- What personal experiences and/or characteristics make you a great candidate for this graduate program?
- If your undergraduate degree is below a 3.0 GPA, please respond to this additional question in 300 words or less:
- What specific factors contributed to your undergraduate GPA, and how have those factors changed so that you can be successful in our graduate program at Antioch University?
- Additional requirement for international students:
- Reading & Writing in English Proficiency Assessment (if applicable) or TOEFL score of 550 “paper-based”, 214 “computer-based”, and 79 “internet-based or higher.
Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program.
Graduate Degree Tuition
|Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online)||This program costs $656 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
|Master in Human Services Administration (MHSA)||This program costs $676 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
|MA in Humanities||This program costs $676 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
|MA in Nonprofit Management||This program costs $676 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
|MA in Social Sciences||This program costs $676 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
|Master of Business Administration||This program costs $695 per semester hour plus a $75/semester student services fee.|
Graduate Degree Fees
|Student Services Fee||$75/semester (This fee includes services related to technology support, library services, the writing center, help desk and live support assistance.)|
|Transcript (1st class mail)||With Narratives = $15
Without Narratives = $10
|Transcript (overnight UPS)||$35 minimum (additional surcharge as needed to cover delivery costs)|
|Late Registration Fee||$50|
|Late Payment Fee||$50|
|Return Check Fee (per check)||$25|
|Replacement Diploma Fee||$20|
|Payment Plan Fee||$30|
|HIPAA Compliant Software Tool (CMHC Online program only)||$197|
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