Family and community services: Online master’s degree
Master of arts in human development and family studies with an emphasis in family and community services (MA)
This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours from the required courses below. You may complete the remaining 6 credit hours either with 6 credit hours of electives and a capstone examination, 3 credit hours of electives and 3 of internship (H_D_FS 8972), or 6 credit hours of internship.
Courses are offered by multiple public universities in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, and some may have varying start and finish dates. Once you’re a Mizzou student in the program, you will register each semester through Mizzou regardless of the institution offering the course.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Required courses (30 credit hours)
|H_D_FS 7600 Resilience in Families||X||X|
|H_D_FS 7640 Interpersonal Relationships||X||X|
|H_D_FS 7690 Family Resource Management||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8012 Family Dynamics and Intervention*||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8100 Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services*||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8520 Lifespan Development||X||X|
|H_D_FS 7650 Family Crisis Intervention||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8510 Parenting Education||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8235 Administration and Program Management||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8238 Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation||X||X|
Suggested electives (up to 6 credit hours)
|H_D_FS 8087 Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Families in Poverty|
|H_D_FS 8087 Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Transitions to Adulthood|
|H_D_FS 8087 Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: NGO's and Families|
|H_D_FS 8087 Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Working with Military Families||X|
|H_D_FS 7233 Basic Grant Development and Management||X|
|H_D_FS 8234 Adolescents and their Families||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8237 Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth||X||X|
|ESC_PS 7575 MU Youth Development Academy: Positive Youth Development in Practice||X|
|H_D_FS 8972 Internship in Human Development and Family Science||X||X||X|
*We recommend you begin your program with H_D_FS 8012 and 8100.
This program culminates with either a capstone examination or a supervised internship. Exams and internships will include an independently produced paper and an oral examination by your MA committee.
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test).
- GRE scores are not required.
Mark your calendar
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We require you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
- Resumé or CV documenting your research and/or professional experience.
- Statement of purpose outlining your career goals.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Human Development & Family Studies/Family & Community Service (Great Plains IDEA)-Distance (MA)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
Ask us about this program
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.