The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Administration of Human Services is designed for those who appreciate diversity and aspire to contribute to social justice through their work in a broad range of service oriented organizations, such as non-profit and community organizations, criminal justice systems, health and human service agencies, residential programs, and educational institutions.
The program encourages critical and creative thinking, self-understanding and reflection, practical knowledge, and analysis of the social contexts, structures, and systems that affect all aspects of work in organizations. This degree differs from a counseling degree in that graduates are prepared to contribute to positive change from a wide range of service and administrative roles within organizations rather than to deliver therapeutic services.
Download the Graduate Catalog (see pages 76-81 for information on the Human Services program).
Designed for the working adult, a unique feature of this program is its accelerated term format. Classes meet in the evenings and/or on Saturdays once a week for eight-week sessions. Students who enroll in one course each session can anticipate degree completion in approximately two years.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, social and human services positions 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.
Graduates of Chestnut Hill College’s M.S. program gain the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to succeed in many positions and are working at many area agencies, which include the City of Philadelphia, NHS, Fairmount Behavioral Health, The Chubb Institiute, Temple University Health System, Horizon Health, Community Legal Services, Resources for Human Development, Indian Creek Foundation, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Northstar Youth Services, People United Together, and local universities, schools, and hospitals.
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. Human service education is characterized as interdisciplinary, skill oriented, and competency based with a focus on self understanding.