If you want to help individuals, families and communities access education and other shared resources, consider an online degree in the growing field of family and community services.

Family and community services professionals work with children, youth, adults and families in social service agencies, educational settings and faith-based institutions, as well as military support agencies.

The University of Missouri offers an excellent online master’s in family and community services that helps students understand family, interpersonal and community dynamics so they can deliver services and manage resources effectively.

Ashlie Lester

We’re especially proud of program faculty members like Ashlie Lester, assistant teaching professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Lester recently received a Faculty Excellence Award from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. The award recognizes Lester’s leadership in redesigning a key graduate-level course, Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services.

The course is one of the first classes students take in the family and community service master’s. It provides an introduction to the field of family studies as well as related professions that involve working with individuals and families in communities.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences and want to work with children, youth, adults and families in community agency settings, the family and community service online master’s may be the degree for you. Apply by July 1 for fall admission.

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