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