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 for the degree program is $1,420 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Human Services Administration is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Human Services Administration is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes. In addition to coursework, all doctoral students are required to participate in The EDGE @ Fischler Institute in Florida.
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

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 8604
Human Services Organizational Theory and Behavior (HSA 8604 / Credits: 3 )
HSA 8606
Special Topics in Human Services (HSA 8606 / Credits: 3 )
Applied Dissertation (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 )
Electives (6 Credits Minimum)
Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses. ( / Credits: 6 )
Summer Institute**
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Extended Dissertation Services***
ADS 8091
Applied Dissertation Services (ADS 8091 )
Required Courses
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
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )

*The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing four major benchmarks.

**The EDGE @ Fischler Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with Fischler College 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, including distance library services, student financial assistance, and program advising. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops enabling students to learn valuable information about the dissertation process, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

***Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

****Please select ONE of the following research tracks based on your dissertation (please consult your RES 9300 professor and your dissertation chair prior to registering)

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