M.S. in Human Services Management

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McDaniel College’s Master of Science in Human Services Management (HSM) is a one-of-a-kind graduate degree that will prepare you for an administrative position in a community-based human service program. Through a unique blend of financial aid, graduate study, and on-the-job training, the HSM program at McDaniel will help you make a real difference in people’s lives. We offer this program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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Graduate Assistantship with Target Community & Educational Services, Inc.

The Human Services Management program offers competitive tuition and a financial aid package that includes room and board, a graduate stipend, health and dental benefits, and a large tuition scholarship. Graduate students work full-time for Target Community & Educational Services, Inc., a local non-profit agency affiliated with McDaniel. As Target Scholars, HSM candidates receive significant reductions in tuition as well as free room and board for the duration of the two-year program.

At Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. students work as Community Living Managers, serving individuals with developmental disabilities. In this way, students can gain critical experience while earning their degree. This is a live-in position at sites in Carroll and Montgomery Counties that prepares students for upper-level management positions in government agencies, general and special education, and nonprofit agencies. Some graduates also pursue teaching positions.

Earn your B.A and M.S. in five years or just your M.S. in two years

Undergraduate students interested in earning their master's degree in Human Services Management have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years at McDaniel. For students interested in earning just their master's degree, the HSM program can be completed in just 24 months. The curriculum features the theoretical education and practical skill-building necessary for a successful career. What’s more, our prime location in Westminster, Maryland is nearby to both Baltimore and Washington D.C., which affords students the benefits of both major cities!

Apply to McDaniel’s Master’s in Human Services Management program today!

Applications for the HSM program are due by August 1 for the Fall semester, December 15 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer semester. For more information on applying, visit the Important Dates and Admissions Requirements pages.

McDaniel College’s Master’s in Human Services Management program is affordable, provides hands-on job experience, and has a proven record of success. Interested in learning more about the degree and what McDaniel offers? Request more information today!

Why McDaniel

• With a strong history of high placement rates for our graduates, you can expect quality job offers.

• Combine graduate study with full-time employment in one of the various target facilities located throughout Maryland.

• Earn a generous financial aid package, including room, board, a 75%tuition scholarship, a graduate stipend of $19,000 per year, and health and dental benefits.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

Note: Please complete the following in sequential order:

1. Interview with management of Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. http://www.targetcommunity.org/contact.aspx

2. Completed application for graduate study

3. Submit the non-refundable application fee

4. Submit official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7

*Students not meeting the GPA criterion may be admitted to the program on a conditional basis. Full acceptance will be reviewed upon completion of nine graduate credits.

Degree Requirements

• 33 semester hours

• Complete internship related to student's employment as a Community Living Manager for Target Community & Educational Services


 Dr. Tom Zirpoli, Program Coordinator

Dr. Tom Zirpoli, Program Coordinator
Human Services Management (Target)

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of this program excel in various positions:

Graduates of the Human Service Management Master’s degree program find management positions with various nonprofit and profit agencies serving the disabled or the elderly. Many also accept positions with various government agencies at the federal, state, city, and county levels with a focus on general education and special education services.

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and official supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. This allows for the application to be processed and reviewed, for account creation, and for registration into classes. The following dates reflect when registration opens for each term.

Summer Semester – April 1
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – December 1

Students are assigned an advisor who will guide them as to which courses they will be taking each semester. Anyone admitted after the opening of registration may be placed on a wait list for certain desired courses.


1. Is this a live-in position?
Yes. In order to maintain continuity for the clients we serve, we have found it best to employ our graduate students in full-time live-in positions as counselors. The practical experience students gain would be impossible to match in any classroom-only setting. Community Living Managers live two to a house (one a first-year and one a second-year student), supporting three adults with developmental disabilities. Each counselor has a private bedroom in an apartment below the main house where clients live.

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• Generous aid package includes a 75% tuition scholarship, graduate stipend, room and board in a home for individuals with developmental disabilities, and more

• Complete your degree within two years

• Prepares students for middle to upper-level management positions in human services organizations



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