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Human Services Administration

The Human Services Administration concentration (53 credits) focuses on preparation for various administrative positions in a range of public and private nonprofit human service organizations. This area provides knowledge and skills for people who are, or intend to be, involved in planning, organizing, monitoring, evaluating, or coordinating social service programs or agencies. The core of any administration curriculum includes basic knowledge in the areas of accounting/budgeting, communication, computer applications, public relations/marketing, supervision and personnel administration. General courses in these areas can be found under accounting, information and computer sciences, management, marketing management and communications, writing, speech communication and human resource management.

The human services administration curriculum also includes basic knowledge in areas unique to nonprofits, such as organizational management, volunteer management, program management, fund-raising, legal issues and governance. This program area contains courses and independent studies specifically applicable to administration in human services organizations.

Declaring Your Major

To declare your major, you must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.


Required Core Courses (20 credits)

Practicum (5 credits)

Experiential learning experience is an essential component of the human services degree program. Thus, every student is required to complete a practicum experience.

Human Services Degree Requirements

The degree programs consist of a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 credits in human services, of which 40 credits must be upper division Metropolitan State University course work or competency demonstration. The degree programs have the following components:

  • General education and liberal studies (including general psychology and introduction to sociology as prerequisites before or as you begin your major program coursework)
  • A background check
  • Required human services core courses (20 credits)
  • Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
  • A practicum in human services organization(s)
  • Minor program courses (if desired); and
  • Other electives

Human Services Administration Requirements (28 credits)

In addition to the prerequisites, required courses and practicum, this concentration requires the following.

Recommended Elective Courses