Human Services Management Certificate Program

All social workers require basic administrative and management knowledge and skills, regardless of their primary work responsibilities. Macro practitioners, in particular, must be skilled in proposal writing, budgeting, supervision, evaluation research, program development, and financial management and planning.

For those who wish to concentrate on a career in management, the School offers a Human Services Management Certificate Program. This intensive program prepares students for management positions in nonprofit or public agencies and entrepreneurial roles supplying and serving human service markets. The program focuses on the competencies required to effectively manage in the complex and dynamic environment that characterizes today’s human service sector.

The program prepares advocate managers-leaders committed to social action, progressive social change, and institutional reform. As competent and tenacious as their counterparts in the business world, advocate managers are social work leaders first and managers second. With a primary focus on the needs and interests of the client, the advocate manager is prepared to make difficult trade-offs when responding to management imperatives of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity.

The program seeks to be especially responsive to women and other minority groups who are preparing for management roles. Through classroom discussion, field education, and special colloquia, students examine the institutional barriers faced and the strengths brought by members of minority groups.

To apply for this program students must be Macro majors, have a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and a minimum of two years of paid or unpaid work experience. Applications are accepted during the second semester of the first year from full-time students, of the second year from part-time students, and immediately following acceptance from Advanced Standing students. To be awarded the certificate, students will successfully complete the basic course requirements of a Macro major, courses in Financial Management and Strategic Management at SSW, two elective courses at the Graduate School of Management, and a second-year field placement with a management concentration.

Certificate Program

Full-Time Students

Semester I

  • CP 759 Intro to Clinical Prac. 3 cr
  • HB 720 Human Behavior 3 cr
  • MP 759 Communitities & Organiz. 3 cr
  • WP 700 Soc. Welfare Policy I 3 cr
  • FE 801 Field Education I 3 cr
  • FE 800 Field Education Seminar 0 cr
    Total credits 15 cr

Semester II

  • HB xxx HB Elective 3 cr
  • MP 773 Human Services Mgmnt 3 cr
  • MP 781 Community Organizing 3 cr
  • SP 743 SW Research I 3 cr
  • WP 701 Soc. Welfare Policy II 3 cr
  • FE 802 Field Education II 0 cr
  • FE 800 Field Ed. Seminar 0 cr
    Total Credits 18 cr

Semester III

  • HB 735 Implication Racism 3 cr
  • MP 776 Financial Management 3 cr
  • SR 744 Research II 3 cr
  • *GSM Restricted Electives 3 cr
  • FE 803 Field Education III 4 cr
    Total credits 16 cr

Semester IV

  • MP 775 Strategic Planning 3 cr
  • MP 783 Plan. And Prog. Devel 3 cr
  • *GSM Restricted Electives 3 cr
  • SP 741 SW Practice Ethics 3 cr
  • FE 804 Field Education IV 4 cr
    Total credits 16 cr


*Restricted electives must be pre-approved in consultation with a Human Services Management program director.

Any student in a field placement must concurrently take a macro practice course. Any student taking a practice course must concurrently be in a field placement.

Any variation from this program must have the written permission of a Director of the Human Services Management Program and the Director of Student Services. A copy of the approval will be placed in the student’s file in the SSW Registration Administrator’s Office.