Through a partnership with The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), APU Master of Social Work students taking the Community Leadership and Program Administration specialization can also earn a Human Services Management Certificate, under the advisement of a faculty member. The MSW program, including its management content, prepares students for fulfilling administrative and leadership roles, and the Human Services Management Certificate helps them develop their leadership skills and launch their careers in management. The competencies outlined by the NSWM speak to areas of great importance to the social work profession, and to successful leadership and management within health and human services.

Certificate coursework comprises five courses, four of which are part of the specialization curriculum, so students need to complete only one additional elective course (SOCW 543 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making) to be eligible for the certificate. Eligible students pay a $50 fee for the certificate, which will be issued at the MSW graduation banquet held a few days prior to commencement.

For more information on the certificate, contact Karen Maynard at or (626) 857-2400.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.