M.S. in Human Services Management

 H S M Tom Zirpoli candid with student illustration


McDaniel’s Master of Science in Human Services Management (HSM) is a one-of-a-kind 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, HSM at McDaniel will help you make a real difference in people’s lives.

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 a stipend, free room and board, and health benefits for the duration of the two-year program. Students learn both in the classroom and on the job while serving individuals with developmental disabilities as resident Community Living Managers at sites in Carroll and Montgomery Counties.

Key Features of the HSM program include:

• 5-year B.A./M.S. HSM option

• Generous financial aid packages, including room, board, a 75% tuition scholarship, graduate stipend, as well as health, dental, and a variety of other benefits. 

• Supervisory experience while in the program.

• Degree completion in 24 months.

• Prepares students for middle to upper-level management positions in human services organizations or for positions teaching in the classroom.

• Features the theoretical education and practical skill-building necessary for a successful career.

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 supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


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.