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Social change takes dedication, but it also requires specific leadership skills. This vital skill set comes together in the online Master of Science in Human Services, Leadership and Organizational Management from Capella. The curriculum can help you develop your unique passion and leadership style, and equip you with skills to make a social, economic, and cultural impact in nonprofit, for-profit, and government settings. The faculty is a collaboration of leading scholars and practitioners in evidence-based client care and leadership. Expand your career horizons as you establish the ability to manage resources, design new initiatives, elevate communication, and leverage data to empower your organization.
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Diversity and Inclusion in Human Services
This course is a survey of theories, research, and concepts that highlight the importance of race, culture, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity in individual and group experience. Learners consider the effects of gender, social class, religion, and disability on experience and evaluate the role of the human services and educational professional in addressing the multicultural needs of clients and colleagues in the workforce. Learners also examine community cultural competency and practice applying a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies to real-life scenarios.
|4 quarter credits|
Leading in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government Organizations
This course familiarizes learners with the unique expressions of leadership in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations. Learners differentiate among the capacities of various types of leaders and stakeholders to ensure continuous leadership and organizational development.
|4 quarter credits|
Financial Management and Budgeting in Human Service Organizations
In this course, learners examine human service program revenue sources and assess budgeting strategies and expense allocations associated with the management of human services organizations. In particular, learners explore the complexities of financial and budget management in for-profit, nonprofit, and government human services organizations. Learners also examine issues related to voluntarism, hiring, salaries, compensation and benefits, technology upgrades, and operational requirement assessments.
|4 quarter credits|
Developing Innovative Human Service Organizations
Learners in this course explore the elements of organizational development, design, and change in human services organizations. Learners evaluate design and change theories; explain creativity and implementation in organizations through innovative practices; and investigate the inclusion of the technological tools needed to lead for future growth in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations. In addition, learners analyze the philosophy of an organization, including its purpose and values, and discuss how creative innovation can strongly impact the organization’s stakeholders.
|4 quarter credits|
Leading Adaptive Organizational Systems in Human Services
In this course, learners analyze emerging theories of leadership in complex and dynamic human services programs that are capable of adapting to significant policy, social, or environmental changes. Throughout the course, learners assess the impact of leadership style, policy changes, and funding sources on organizational operations through adaptive leadership models. Learners also explore their own personal leadership style and philosophy of leadership through various learning exercises and practice incorporating diverse cultural concepts in a problem-solving scenario. Prerequisite(s): HMSV5420.
|4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
The Master’s in Human Services, Leadership and Organizational Management specialization focuses on the human behavior theories, research, and knowledge needed to address demographic and social trends, as well as organizational integration practices within the community. The curriculum takes a multidisciplinary approach to decision making and promoting collaboration among various stakeholders within the public service field. Throughout the coursework, students examine the ways in which research informs the delivery of human services, with particular emphasis on advocacy, legal and ethical issues, and working with culturally diverse populations. This specialization is not designed to meet licensure requirements for counseling or social work professions.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$565 per credit, $150 resource kit fee, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2022–2023
Capella University's Master of Human Services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
Applicants to the MSHS in Leadership and Organizational Management program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a master’s student. We’ve structured the experience in manageable pieces to help you earn your degree with support from faculty, staff and online resources.
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In the diverse field of human services, finding the right degree depends on your unique goals and interests.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSHS in Leadership and Organizational Management.
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*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.