Real Human Impact.

Every age and stage of life, you can be a force for good. The Ed.D. in Human Services Administration from NSU equips you to make a real, measurable difference in human lives by leading and managing the services and organizations they depend upon.

This leadership-focused doctoral program is designed to equip you with the latest theories and practical problem-solving experience. You’ll leave ready to shape the future of society’s vital institutions to better serve evolving populations.

Learn to apply inquiry and research, problem-solving, collaboration and communication, professional development, ethical behavior, and higher order thinking skills to become an ethical agent of change. Be the difference in one life. And another. And another.

Options: Graduate With or Without a Dissertation

We now offer an alternate opportunity that allows students to solve problems in a real-world setting. The Education Strategic Research Project (ESRP) is an alternative to the Applied Dissertation. Request information now to learn more about your options.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing human services professionals in schools, hospitals, universities, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, not-for-profit organizations, or government agencies
  • Individuals with master’s degrees or higher who wish to obtain a doctoral degree and increase their knowledge and skills in human services administration and leadership

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Human Services Administration.

Quick Facts

Tuition is $1,460 per credit hour. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details. 
NSU’s Ed.D. in Human Services Administration is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options

Classes for the Doctor of Education in Human Services Administration are offered fully online. All doctoral students are required to participate in at least one Summer Institute.

Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Ed.D. in Human Services Administration Curriculum

Concentration Area Courses (24 credits)
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication, and Technology (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8600
Human Services Delivery Systems (HSA 8600 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8601
Administration, Management and Policy Development of Human Services Agencies and Programs (HSA 8601 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8602
Administration, Management and Policy Development of Human Services Agencies and Programs (HSA 8602 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8603
Human Resource Development (HSA 8603 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8604
Human Services and the Law (HSA 8604 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8605
Human Services Organizational Theory and Behavior (HSA 8605 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8606
Special Topics in Human Services (HSA 8606 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Elective courses can be additional courses within the student’s chosen concentration, from another concentration or additional research electives. ( / Credits: 6 )
Summer Institute (1 credit)*
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Applied Dissertation or Strategic Research Project (12 credits)**
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
ESRP 9000
Strategic Research Project I (ESRP 9000 / Credits: 6 )
ESRP 9001
Strategic Research Project II (ESRP 9001 / Credits: 6 )
Required Courses (6 credits)
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Epistemology and Inquiry-Based Learning (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
Research Track for those completing the Strategic Research Project (6 credits)
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8913
Program Evaluation (RES 8913 / Credits: 3 )

*Students must attend one Summer Institute during their program of study. Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

**Students who complete all of their coursework and have registered for all of their dissertation benchmark courses (prospectus, proposal development, proposal, and applied dissertation) within the first three years will be required to register for ADS 8090 - Applied Dissertation Services I in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Beginning with the fourth year (37th month/10th semester) following initial enrollment, and irrespective of remaining coursework, doctoral students are required to register for ADS 8091 - Applied Dissertation Services II, up to the point of degree completion, in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Credits earned from ADS 8090 or ADS 8091 do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Ed.D. degree.

***For students completing the Applied Dissertation, you will select either the Quantitative Research Track or the Qualitative Research Track. 

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