Graduate Degree and Program Information


Administration of Human Services Graduate Program

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services.


Program Contact Information

Graduate Program

Barbara Hogan, Ph.D. --

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Human Services


Combined B.S. / M.S. Program  

Elaine Green, Ed.D. --

Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Associate Professor of Human Services


Program Offerings

  • Master’s Degrees 
  • Master of Science in Administration of Human Services 
  • Combined BS Human Services and MS Administration of Human Services 
  • Certificates of Professional Development 
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Professional Development in Leadership Development  
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Professional Development in Adult and Aging Services 


Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Administration of Human Services is designed for individuals seeking leadership roles as administrators/directors/supervisors in a broad range of human service organizations. The degree differs from a counseling degree in that students are prepared for management in agencies rather than for the delivery of therapeutic services to clients. This program especially encourages critical and creative thinking which will enable the graduate to contribute to positive change in organizations. With an emphasis on social change, diversity, and self-understanding, this degree provides practical knowledge of the social contexts and structures of service-oriented programs in health and human services and related fields. Chestnut Hill College also offers certificates in professional development that can be applied directly to the required degree credits, if students decide to continue for their Master’s.  


Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, social and human services are projected to be among the fastest growing professions with excellent job opportunities in residential and community-based programs for individuals with advanced education and training.  


Professional Affiliations

Chestnut Hill College is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE), the only national organization providing standards for human service training. In addition to an administrative component, the M.S. program in Administration of Human Services is a broad-based, practitioner-oriented degree, which includes the following standards: an interdisciplinary approach, skill development, and competency-based learning with an emphasis on self-understanding. 


Program Format

Courses are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the needs of the adult student. Classes meet once each week or on Saturdays during each eight-week session.  The schedule for the master’s degree in Administration of Human Services follows an accelerated format adapted to the three-term schema (fall, spring, summer) of the School of Graduate Studies. 


    Fall 1 and 2 sessions = Fall Term

    Spring 1 and 2 sessions = Spring Term

    Summer 1 and 2 sessions = Summer Term


To foster graduate-level work, since most students have significant work and other obligations, one course per session is the general norm. Registering for one course each session allows students to take six credits each term (the equivalent of an academic semester) and to qualify for financial aid as part-time students. Students taking one course each session should be able to complete the degree requirements in two years. The maximum time frame to fulfill the degree requirements is six years.