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Human Services Administration (MS) All Academic Programs

The Master of Science program in Human Services Administration is a fully collaborative joint program between Coppin State University (CSU) and The University of Baltimore (UB). Under the guidance of Program Directors from both campuses, students will take courses on both campuses, receiving a joint degree from both institutions. 

The thirty-six (36) credit curriculum prepares students for professional leadership careers in the field of human services administration in a variety of public/governmental, corporate/business, nonprofit or community-based settings. Eighteen (18) credits are required core courses, in which students will have the opportunity to develop administrative abilities in the areas of planning, evaluation, leadership and decision-making. Students must individualize their course of study by choosing twelve (12) credits in an approved human services elective content area, such as counseling psychology, entrepreneurship, health care systems, negotiations and conflict management, addictions counseling, family counseling, gerontology, rehabilitation counseling, special education, and community recreation for the disabled. Finally, the capstone experience includes six (6) credits of field experience, or research in program planning, implementation, or evaluation.

The market demand for human service administrators is high. Nationally and across the region, the job opportunity growth rate is outpacing the number of trained professionals. Those with the Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth sector of the economy, while making significant contributions to human service agencies in a variety of administrative capacities such as: program planning, implementation and evaluation; grant writing and administration; fundraising; personnel and fiscal administration; and community outreach.


Every person who applies for admission will be evaluated by the Program Director and, if admitted, will be given a profile showing any graduate credits, any deficiencies to be corrected, required courses, and options available. This student profile will become a part of the student’s permanent record and will serve as a guide throughout the period of matriculation.


This degree is structured as a four-semester (two-year) program; however, it can be tailored to meet individual student needs and/or limitations. All requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from formal acceptance into the program.


Graduate students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0. No more than six (6) credits of “C” may be applied toward the M.S. degree. Students failing to maintain a 3.0 average may be placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from the degree program. 


The M.S. degree in Human Services Administration requires the successful completion of thirty six (36) credit hours of graduate course work. This consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours of required core course work including an internship or research option, and twelve (12) credit hours of course work in one of the program’s approved elective content areas.

Core Courses (24 Credits)

The core curriculum is as follows. Each course is offered only at oneof the participating campuses, UB or CSU.


Historical and Contemporary Issues Credits
HSAD 602 History and Foundations of Human Service Systems  3

(UB) Graduate standing required
HSAD 603 Contemporary Issues in Human Services Administration  3

Prerequisite: HSAD 602
Planning and Evaluation
HSAD 610 Strategies for Human Services  3

Program Planning (UB)

Second year standing required
HSAD 611 Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis  3

Prerequisite: HSAD 610
Leadership and Decision-Making
HSAD 620 Human Services Leadership and Supervision  3

Graduate standing required
HSAD 621 Administrative Decision-Making in Human Service Agencies (UB)  3

Prerequisite: HSAD 620

Capstone Practical Experience

(Second Year Standing Required)

Internship Option

HSAD 695 Field Practicum I: Human Services Administration (UB)  3
HSAD 696 Field Practicum II: Human Services Administration
Research Option
HSAD 698 Research Practicum I: Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation  3
HSAD 699 Research Practicum II: Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (UB)  3


In consultation with a Program Advisor, each student will develop a twelve (12) credit hour course of study choosing four (4) courses from one of the following approved elective content areas related to Human Services. Each elective content area is offered only at one of the participating campuses, CSU or UB.

Addictions Counseling
PSYC 622 Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, the Family, the School and the Community 3
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client  3
PSYC 642 Advanced Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client  3
PSYC 643 Action Research on Alcoholism and Multiple Addictions in the Inner City and Other Communities  3
Counseling Psychology (UB)

APPL 605 Advanced Theories of Personality  3
APPL 606 Basic Counseling Techniques  3
APPL 613 Human Development  3
APPL 621 Substance Abuse Counseling  3
APPL 622 Group Counseling  3
APPL 623 Career Counseling  3
APPL 625 Multicultural Counseling  3
APPL 661 Death, Dying, Loss and Grief  3
Entrepreneurship (UB)
ACCT 504 Introduction to Accounting  3
MGMT 762 Opportunity Analysis  3
MGMT 763 Commercialization Planning  3
MGMT 764 Commercial Start-Up  3
Family Counseling
PSYC 508 Child Abuse and Spousal Abuse  3
PSYC 612 Group Counseling  3
PSYC 614 Techniques of Marriage and Family Counseling 3
PSYC 622 Addiction Prevention Techniques for the Individual, the Family, the School and the Community  3
ADLT 530 Environment and Aging  3
ADLT 531 Nutritional Problems of the Aging  3
ADLT 532 Developmental Psychology: Adult Years and Aging  3
ADLT 533 Processes of Aging  3
Health Care Delivery Systems (UB)
MGMT 765 Management of Health Care  3

Organizations and Professionals
PUAD 751 Policy Issues in Health Care  3
PUAD 755 Health Administration  3
PUAD 756 Managed Care Administration  3
PUAD 757 Strategic Management for Health Care  3
Negotiations and Conflict Management (UB)
CNCM 506 Understanding and Assessing Conflict  3
CNCM 508 Approaches to Managing Conflict and Methods of Dispute Resolution  3
CNCM 513 Negotiations: Theory and Practice  3
CNCM 515 Mediation: Theory and Practice  3
MGMT 725 Conflict Management and Dispute  3

Resolution in the Workplace
Recreation for the Disabled
RECR 500 Health and Safety Factors in Recreational Planning  3
RECR 501 Recreation in Community Settings  3
RECR 502 Leisure Skills for the Disabled  3
REHB 502 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability  3
RECR 503 Outdoor Adventure Programming for the Disabled  3
SPED 507 Techniques of Measurement and Evaluation of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities  3
Rehabilitation Counseling Credits
REHB 504 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
REHB 513 Introduction to Rehabilitation
REHB 516 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
REHB 536 Casework/Caseload Management
REHB 610 Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs
REHB 636 Multicultural Counseling
Special Education
SPED 512 Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs
SPED 514 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Information
SPED 587 Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom
SPED 700 Legal Aspects of Special Education