Human Services Management & Leadership


HSML stands for Human Services Management and Leadership. The Bachelors of Science in Human Services Management and Leadership (BS HSML) degree is an interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for positions in the social services industry. In completing a minimum of 12 hours in one of the approved human services specializations, students obtain a certificate in applied gerontology, substance abuse treatment, or alternative dispute resolution.


Description of Field

The UNT Dallas Human Services Management and Leadership program is dedicated to developing and preparing human service practitioners to serve as leaders in nonprofit service agencies through education, research, and service. Through services, students are trained to become intellectual explorers with skills and competencies necessary for effective service delivery, program management, and leadership. The competences are developed through coursework in the areas of volunteer management, social work, sociology, rehabilitation studies, business and applied gerontology. Competences include:

Foundational Professional Development

Career Development and Exploration
Communication Skills
Employability Skills
Personal Attributes 
(leadership, teamwork,
commitment to service)

Board/Committee Development
Fundraising Principles and Practice
Human Resource Development and Supervision
General Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit Marketing, Program Planning, Outcome
Evaluation and Risk Management



Graduates are prepared to work as human service professionals in management and leadership positions within a variety of community and government agencies such as family services, youth programs, child advocacy programs, senior services, public welfare, social services, and the nonprofit sector.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, (U. S. Dept. of Labor) , the number of social and human service workers is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Nonprofit organizations employ more than 10 million in agency administrative and managerial capacities according to the Independent Sector. The nonprofit sector, third sector of our nation’s economy, continues to grow comprising 10 percent of the work force and managing the $212 billion dollars of annual contributions.

Wage and Employment Possibilities

  • Social and Community Service Managers (median annual income: $62, 740)
  • Health Educators (median annual income: $50, 000 and above)
  • Training and Development Managers (median annual income: $50, 000 and above)
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialists ( median annual income: $41,000)
  • Fundraisers (median annual income, $52,000)
  • Counselors (you’ll need your masters degree after completing the HSML degree)
  • Arbitrators, Mediators (median annual income, $57,000)

Related Occupations

  • Government
  • Non Profits
  • Hospitals
  • Health Service Agencies
  • Social Services/Family Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Treatment Facilities
  • Community Services
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections
  • Child Welfare/Foster Care
  • Group Homes/Half way Houses
  • Schools/Universities/Colleges
  • Camps
  • Foundations and National Associations

What are my career options?

HSML: Direct Practice

  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist Adult Probation Officer, Correctional Counselor, Deputy Juvenile Officer, Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), Juvenile Probation Officer, Parole Agent, Parole Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Probation Counselor, Probation Officer $49,360 4% Job Growth by 2024
  • Substance Abuse and Behavior Disorder Counselor Addictions Counselor, Case Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Chemical Dependency Professional, Clinical Counselor, Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor, Counselor, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist (DATS), Prevention Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor) $39,980 14% Job Growth by 2024
  • Health Educators Certified Diabetes Educator, Child Development Specialist, Clinical Instructor, Clinical Nurse Educator, Community Health Consultant, Community Health Education Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Public Health Educator $51,960 13% Job Growth by 2024

HSML: Administrative Track

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist $42,170 14% Job growth by 2024
  • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator), Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator (ADR Mediator), Arbiter, Arbitrator, Commissioner, Family Mediator, Federal Mediator, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator, Public Employment Mediator $58,020 13% Job Growth by 2024
  • Social and Community Service Manager Adoption Services Manager, Children's Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Social Worker (CSBG/Outreach Social Worker), Director of Child Welfare Services, Director of Social Services, Program Director, Program Manager, Social Services Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator $63,530 13% Job Growth by 2024

New students  can select HSML on their admission application, however non-HSML majors can select Substance Abuse & Addiction as a specialization certificate in their respective major. Current students who are passionate about serving populations living with mental health and substance use should change their major to HSML. To change your major, you may contact your academic advisor. For more information about the certificate, please contact Dr. Shelia Lumar,  972-338-1377,

Online Resources
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation -specific descriptors. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation and provides the basis for Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. This site also has a link to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Career OneStop is a nationally recognized source of career information, industry and occupation information, links to state career sites, job banks and career inventories.

Professional Associations 
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Each occupations provides relevant professional association information. National Organization for Human Services, http://www.national (nonprofit job listings for Texas)