Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University offers a Doctor of Education with a concentration in Human Services Administration. Human services professionals are required to consistently maintain educational requirements in order to obtain or excel in current career positions.

The education in the doctorate level degree program introduces students to the key essential concepts needed for practicing professionals. A specialized curriculum is designed for practicing human services professionals who currently work or those who wish to enter the field working with individuals across the life span, families, communities, and organizations. The curriculum is comprised of core courses that delve into the concepts of:

  • Human Services Leadership Administration, Management, and Policy Development of Human Services Agencies and Programs
  • Developing Human Resources for Human Services in the Context of the Family and the Community
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Services and the Law
  • Human Services Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Special Topics in Human Services

The concentration fosters a graduate student’s development of leadership skills, allowing the professional and proactive performance of the ethical agents of change for individual and community-based social services and organizations. The demonstration of the specialized curriculum will assist in the HR professionals' performance through self-reflection, analysis, and practical application of best practices. The advanced program focuses on developing a professional practitioner who can respond to current issues and trends in human services settings, in addition to being able to predict, prepare and advocate for the benefit of diverse populations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Professional letters of recommendation. Personal Statement of Goals.

    The Summer Institute is a week-long conference designed for doctoral students. During the doctoral program, students are required to attend at least one FCE Summer Institute as part of required coursework. 

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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