Master of Arts in Human Services Administration

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Why the Master of Arts in Human Service Administration?

How Will a Human Services Administration Master’s Benefit Me?


You can complete your Judson master’s degree in as few as 18 months while you learn from experienced professionals with real experience supporting at-risk individuals and groups. Upon completion of your degree, you will have learned how 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
Deciding to come back to school was a way to help fulfill my parents’ dream. I’m an immigration specialist working with a local non-profit. I would like to go back to my home country of Mexico to open a non-profit.
Jessica FernandezMaster of Arts in Human Services Administration graduate

Grow Your Career

Be Close to home or work

In this program, you’ll choose when and where you learn best. Our Master of Arts in Human Services Administration is offered at two campuses or online. You can excel in this degree at the following locations:

  • Elgin, IL
    • Experience the tight-knit community at our longtime home in Elgin. Our home campus is conveniently located just off I-90, allowing you to maintain a comfortable work/life balance.
  • Rockford, IL
    • Located in the Swedish American Riverfront YMCA in downtown Rockford, you’ll benefit from a Judson education and YMCA perks, including free childcare during class.
  • 100% Online
    • If you prefer to attend classes from the comfort of your own home, you can collaborate with your Judson community and complete assignments from anywhere by completing your degree online.

Progress at a comfortable pace

Judson’s Human Services master’s program is designed for working adults with busy schedules. Through our flexible model, you can take classes just one night a week—studying on your own schedule and at your own pace. Plan to spend about 15 hours a week on coursework. Following this schedule, you can expect to graduate in about 18 months.

As a student in Judson’s Adult Professional Program, you’ll enjoy all the same support as our traditional students. Each learner in our Master of Arts in Human Services Administration will receive personal attention through helpful people and resources, including: 

  • Enrollment and Success Coaches who guide you through application, enrollment, coursework, and school-life balance
  • 24/7 tech helpdesk so you can keep current on your courses from anywhere
  • Tutoring and academic support to get through though classes and assignments

Learn Hands-on Skills from Experienced Faculty

Judson’s human services faculty aren’t just experts on theory—they’re practitioners with current professional experience in the real world. Their background influences their class discussions and assignments to give you a more well-rounded and practical education.

Additional Information

Learn about the MA in Human Services Administration Program, application process, tuition and fees, and answers to frequently asked questions.

By gaining your Master of Human Services degree, you are greatly increasing the odds that not only will you have a wide variety of potential occupations, you will also be extremely competitive if you choose to pursue a career in a new industry. Individuals with a Master’s in Human Services are employed in many different settings, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Human Services Educator
  • Higher Education Counselor
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • College Instructor in Human Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Director of Human Services Agency
  • Geriatric Social Worker

The Master’s in Human Services program requires 37 credit hours of core courses.

  • MHC504 Fundamentals of Human Services and Counseling Delivery Systems (3 credits)
  • MHC510 Human Growth and Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • MHC512 Interpersonal Relations and Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • MHC515 Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • HSA522 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services Administration (3 credits)
  • HSA623 Human Services Program Planning, Delivery, & Evaluation (3 credits)
  • ORL612 Organizational Finance (3 credits)
  • ORL525 Global Leadership Across Cultures and Distance (3 credits)
  • ORL620 Applied Leadership Decision-Making (3 credits)
  • ORL615 Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORL505 Analysis and Research Strategies (3 credits)
  • ORL625 Applied Research Project (4 credits)

Judson’s Professional Studies Division is tailored to adults who are building on work experience or prior education as they seek a Master’s in Human Services. Our students continually report that they are able to attend college and earn a degree while still maintaining their work and family life. Classes meet just one night a week or online. Expect to spend about 15 hours a week on coursework outside of class. You can complete your Master’s in Human Services degree in 19 months.


At Judson, we strive to offer innovative and distinctive graduate programs that meet the demands of today’s workforce.

Our world needs administrators, leaders, educators, and architects who cannot only make a living but also make a life. The values of Judson University and the faculty who engage you in the classroom will prepare you to make much needed change in our culture.