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Leadership and Organizational Management Specialization Master of Science in Human Services

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Empower Your Career Leading Social Change

Social change takes dedication combined with leadership skills. These come together in our online Master of Science in Human Services specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management. The curriculum centers on self awareness of your own passion and leadership style. The faculty is a collaboration of leading scholars and expert practitioners in evidence-based client care models and leadership methods. There is a great need for advocates with your drive and these skills. Your career will benefit as you become more effective at empowering your organization.

This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work and counseling professions.

What to Expect

  • 100% Online 
  • 5 Core Courses 
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Elective Course 
  • 1 Integrative Project

Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Lead Effectively

Apply practices that enhance organizational structure and leadership in a range of human service delivery models.

Collaborate for Change

Apply understanding of social, economic, and cultural impacts in for-profit, nonprofit, and government settings.

Plan for Success

Apply interactive practices to lead organizations through the process and implementation of organizational initiatives.

Communicate with Stakeholders

Assess individual and group communication styles to engage diverse stakeholders at a mezzo or macro practice level.

Decide with Data

Shape decisions regarding resource management and community-based practices using qualitative and  quantitative data.

Develop Cultural Competence

Apply professional ethics and cultural competence in the human services profession.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Transformational Leadership

Develop and apply leadership skills to drive transformational change in your community and across diverse institutions.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Gain the most relevant skills and knowledge with a competency based curriculum designed around professional standards.

 

Apply what you learn in a multidisciplinary environment with interactive tools that develop skills in collaboration and leadership. Through your coursework you will encounter challenging, realistic problems designed to help you become a more effective leader.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$20,366$26,657*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$531 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Student Success Story

"It really taught me how to process and transition information quickly."

Mariellen MacKay
Master of Science in Human Services

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

This specialization uses a multidisciplinary approach to collaboration and decision-making among various stakeholders. Application of research informs human services delivery, emphasizing advocacy among culturally diverse populations.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HMSV5340 Leading in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government Organizations
HMSV5410 Financial Management and Budgeting in Human Service Organizations
HMSV5420 Developing Innovative Human Services Organizations
HMSV5430 Leading Adaptive Organizational Systems in Human Services
HMSV5334 Diversity and Inclusion in the Field of Human Services
HMSV5316 The Effective Use of Analytics in Human Services

 

Build and assess your leadership skills by applying them within social, cultural, and global markets through the use of case studies and interactive projects.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Why Collaboration is Key to Human Services

Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These three examples from the field demonstrate why.

Find the Right Human Services Career for You

Jobs in human services range from working with clients to managing organizations to building infrastructures.

Which Human Service or Public Service Career Path Is Best for Me?

A guide to options for working in public safety, public administration, or human services.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Master of Science in Human Services with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Managment.

 

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Social services manager
  • Social services director
  • Program director, children and family services
  • Executive director
  • Director
  • Program manager, children and family services
  • Director of child welfare services
  • Adoption services manager
  • Vocational rehabilitation administrator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Individual and family services
  • Executive, legislative, and other general government support
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations
  • Nursing and residential care facility
  • Community and vocational rehabilitation service
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private for-profit social service company
  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Shelter

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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