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MSM in Human and Social Services Leadership

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Online Master of Science in Management (MSM) in Human and Social Services Leadership

Human and Social Services Leadership is one of four comprehensive MSM concentrations offered by MVNU.

The Human and Social Services Leadership MSM concentration is ideal for students who seek a leadership role in a nonprofit, governmental, or social service program. Students gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead a human or social services agency. The program places emphasis on interdisciplinary concepts including secondary trauma; program planning, development, and evaluation; information systems and security; fiscal management and evaluation, including grant writing; and organizational development to social service organizations.

This MSM concentration provides students with practitioner and leadership skills in non-therapeutic, direct services to drive social change. Position yourself for success in human services with an MSM in Human and Social Services Leadership.

Human and Social Services Leadership MSM Highlights

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Tuition & Cost

$498 per credit hour

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Program Length

16 months*

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Total Credit Hours



Courses you might take

MSM 101

Grant Writing, Management, and Reporting

This course explores the grant application process, the basics of proposal writing, grant implementation and reporting strategies. Students will learn the process of how to research funding sources, understand requests for proposals (RFP), how to develop a logic model, write a grant proposal, needs statement, budget, and program description.

MSM 201

Evidence Based Practice and Program Evaluation

In this course students will learn how to select the best Evidence Based Practices available using published research, evidence based databases and registries. Students will learn how to evaluate the implementation of interventions on an individual client level to ensure that the treatments and services have the most effective outcomes. Four basic types of program evaluation (impact evaluation, performance evaluations, process evaluation, and cost evaluations) will be covered throughout this course.

MSM 301

Performance and Reward Systems

A study of problem-solving and decision-making skills when managing performance issues and reward incentives in human resources. Special emphasis is given to performance appraisal systems, methods, theory and skill development techniques, workplace performance, salary and wage structures, compensations systems, incentive and reward programs, benefits, and employee motivations. Theories and practical applications are emphasized.

Cirriculum stats/highlights

MSM students selecting to concentrate in Human and Social Services Leadership must complete seven (7) required MSM core courses in addition to the three (3) concentration-specific courses. The MSM in Human and Social Services Leadership requires a total of 30 credits.

*The remaining nine (9) credit hours are specific to the Human and Social Services Leadership concentration and are all fully online. The coursework covers essential areas of human resource management, including evidence-based practice and program evaluation and advanced topics in human and social services leadership.

Additional Courses

Required MSM Courses

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Budgets & Forecasting in Organizations
  • Global Business
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Legal Issues in Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Total MSM Core Hours
  • + MSM Concentration
  • Total MSM Hours

Credit Hours

  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 21
  • 9
  • 30

How much will it all cost?

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Credit Hours


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Financial Aid

Apply for scholarships, loans, grants, and tuition reimbursement.

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Job growth


The growing demand for individual and family social services means a greater need for highly skilled human and social service leaders. An MSM with a concentration in Human and Social Services Leadership prepares passionate students for leadership roles in nonprofit, governmental, or social service programs.

  • Human Services Administrator
  • Agency Coordinator
  • Family Services Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Community and Social Services Specialist

We can help you explore majors, discover internships, and plan your future as a professional. Our advisors welcome students at all levels and offer personalized guidance tailored to individual needs. From resume and interview preparation to networking advice, MVNU advisors provide a host of resources that can help you achieve a rewarding career after graduation.

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