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Understand. Deliver. Manage.

One important role of social services across America is helping individuals and their families to succeed in interpersonal relationships and to achieve positive outcomes working and living within their communities. By learning to understand these relationship dynamics, how to manage agencies and ways to deliver services effectively, students can begin to assist families and communities in educating themselves as to the resources available to them.

The University of Missouri's 36-credit hour online master of arts in human development and family studies, with an emphasis in family and community services, prepares social and behavioral sciences professionals to work with children, adults and families in community agency settings. The degree consists of 10 required core courses for 30 credits, plus one of the following:

  • 6 credits of electives and a capstone examination, or
  • 3 credits of electives and 3 credits of a supervised project or internship, or
  • 6 credits of a supervised project or internship.

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Brittany Smith
Master of Arts in Family and Community Services '16 | Chicago, IL

Brittany Smith wanted a program that would challenge her, but would also fit into her busy life as a child health specialist at a children's hospital. Her professors gave her the flexibility and support she needed to help her achieve her goals.

Note: The family and community services degree is available only online, as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA).*

*The Great Plains IDEA (GPIDEA) is a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to these multi-institution academic programs. In this consortium students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses from that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. The Great Plains Universities are: Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, Montana State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University and Texas Tech University.