According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social and community service managers is projected to increase by 27 percent until the year 2020, which is above the average growth rate projected for all occupations in the same timeframe. However, data from the Department of Labor indicates that there are a lack of workers with graduate degrees directly prepared for administrative positions in human services organizations.
The master's degree in HSDA is being offered in response to state and national needs and begins fall 2017. It will build off the success of the bachelor's degree in HSDA offered at UNG since 2011. At the time, it was the first and only nationally accredited bachelor's level human service program in Georgia and the Southeast.
Since the program's inception, UNG students have completed nearly 200,000 hours of service, a benefit to area agencies that also helps UNG graduates get into the workforce faster than their peers in non-accredited programs.
UNG's HSDA program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education, which means that it meets all the established national standards. UNG undergraduate students complete a minimum of 350 hours of practicum hours, making them eligible to sit for the credentialing exam prior to graduation.
"Our bachelor's students are successfully entering the work force in a wide variety of settings, such as group homes, halfway houses, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, and family, child and youth service agencies," said Dr. Sara Mason, department head of human services and sociology. "The new graduate program will provide human services professionals the necessary training and degree to advance their career into management and supervisory positions, self-employment and/or prepare for licensure."
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SOURCE University of North Georgia