The McDaniel College / Target Master’s Degree Program
in Human Services Management (HSM)
In 1983, the year of its founding, Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. (Target) started a unique and innovative partnership with McDaniel College to provide a Master’s Degree Program in Human Services Management. This program, designed to train individuals for leadership positions in community-based human services programs, has become the core of Target’s Community Living Program.
Individuals hired by Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. to serve as Community Living Managers (CLMs) complete the two-year, 30 credit-hour master’s program while they work as live-in house managers in one of Target’s homes in Westminster, MD or in our Apartment Program in Rockville, MD.
Graduate students in this program receive free tuition, an annual stipend, free room and board, and health care benefits.
Each graduate student works an average of 40 hours per week in his/her Target home, shares responsibilities with a second McDaniel graduate student, and has community living assistants working with them to help support the clients with disabilities who live in the home.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above and must hold a valid United States driver’s license with less than three points.
See what our alumni have to say…
I have an unwavering belief in the importance of getting outside the classroom to pursue hands on, fulfilling real world experiences. The Target Community Living Manager (CLM) program offered me the opportunity to do just that. Crucial time management and organizational skills were cultivated while balancing classes and the responsibilities … Read More
I had a wonderful experience in the CLM program with Target. I got to know a lot of amazing people and was able to gain extremely valuable skills working in the human services field. In addition, I was able to achieve my Master’s Degree Program in Human Services Management, and … Read More
I have had the pleasure in being a part of the Human Services Management program as a Community Living Manager at Target Community and Educational services. This program not only enables you to learn how to work with and contribute to bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities, but it … Read More
About our interviews…
Held at Target’s office in Westminster, these sessions provide an overview of the McDaniel College graduate program in Human Services Management and associated internship with Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. This partnership between Target and McDaniel College has many benefits, but two are paramount. First, the graduate student CLMs working in one of Target’s homes or in the apartment program gain both an academic degree and practical experience that will prepare them to assume roles as leaders in human services organizations around the country. Second, Target’s residential clients benefit from having motivated and highly-educated house managers who will remain in their homes or apartments during their two-year academic program.
For more information on the Target-McDaniel Graduate Program:
Dr. Tom Zirpoli
President & CEO
410-848-9090, ext. 112