Human Services Management Certificate Program

(A National Certificate with the Network of Social Work Management)

Many MSWs often find themselves moving up quickly into supervisor, management, and even executive positions.  The generalist perspective and systems knowledge from their social work education provides a strong basis for leadership growth in a range of social work settings.  However, to better prepare macro practice/COSA students to take advantage of leadership opportunities and enhance their personal and professional development, the School now offers the Human Services Management Certificate in collaboration with the Network of Social Work Management (NSWM) under a new university partnership initiative.

Required Courses

This national Human Services Management Certificate can be completed by COSA students in the course of their MSW studies. Students pursuing this certification option must complete twelve credits through the following COSA core and skill electives course work covering Network of Social Work Management (NSWM) competency areas of:

  • Social Administration/Human Services Management,
  • Community Organizing (Community Collaboration)
  • Human Resources/Financial Management and Supervision
  • Grants, Proposals, and Funding Development

COSA students are encouraged to take other skill electives in COSA, as well as skills courses in other schools. More information on the NSWM competencies can be found on the Network for Social Work Management website.

Required Field Work

In addition, COSA student in Social Administration/Human Service Management must also complete a COSA concentration field placement in a community-based or human services organization to apply their course knowledge, values, and skills in the organizational setting.

Contact Us

For more information on the Human Services Management Certificate, please contact the Community, Organization, and Social Action Concentration Chair, Tracy M. Soska, at: 412-624-3711 or