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Human Service Administration - Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration


Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Human Services and Early Learning

Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration (BAHSA) is a distance-delivered program designed for individuals working in the health or human service field who hold, or strive to hold, supervisory or management positions. Distance study makes the program accessible to students regardless of geographic location and provides the flexibility to balance studies with professional and family responsibilities. Students access their course material and readings online and become part of a virtual community of learners. Faculty guide student learning through online class discussions and activities.

The curriculum includes theory in administration, with an emphasis on leadership, supervision and management. Studies include human, financial, and physical resource management; managing change; communication; community-based practice; research practices; and trend and issue analysis. Assignments are practical in nature and generally involve the application of theory to the student’s workplace. Building on a previous diploma or degree, the program consists of ten 3-credit theory courses and two 15-credit directed field studies. Students may complete the directed field studies in their current workplace or in an appropriate agency. Study may be full or part-time. Students have six years to complete the program; however, it may be completed in as little as three years.

Career Potential

BAHSA graduates are employed in managerial roles in a wide variety of agencies including early learning, child and youth care, community living, human ecology, addictions, corrections, social work, rehabilitation, non-profit/voluntary sector, health care, gerontology and related fields. BAHSA graduates have the knowledge, management skills and confidence to manage a dynamic staff of practitioners, work with boards, be an effective human service leader, and still serve the clients and families at the heart of their organization.

Contact Information

T: 780-497-5229
Toll-free: 1-888-497-4622 ext. 5229


Room 7-154, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
T: 780-497-5157

Program Requirements

Year 3
HSAD 300The Human Service Administrator3
HSAD 305Interpersonal Communication Skills for Human Service Administrators3
HSAD 310Managing Human Resources3
HSAD 315Managing Financial Resources in Human Service Agencies3
HSAD 325Research Practices in Human Service3
HSAD 330Managing Physical Resources in Human Service Agencies3
HSAD 335Managing Change in Human Service Agencies3
HSAD 345Community-Based Practice in Human Service Agencies3
HSAD 350Trends and Issues in Human Service Administration3
Year 4
HSAD 459Directed Field Study in Human Service Administration I15
HSAD 499Directed Field Study in Human Service Administration II15
Total Credits60

The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.

Program Regulations

Learners admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of their program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation for an Accessibility Need. The University will not lower its academic standards, or alter the essential skills or competencies required by a position, to accommodate an Accessibility Need. (Human Rights and Accessibility policy and Students with Disabilities Procedure).

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must have:

  • a two-year diploma that includes a three-credit post-secondary English course


  • a minimum of 60 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution with an Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale that includes a three-credit post-secondary English course.

Additional Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to all admission categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s Academic Calendar or online at