Empower families and communities

Brandi Sutherland

Master of Arts in Family and Community Services '16

Brandi works for the University of Missouri's Extension Office and wanted a education that would directly serve her county. The Master of Arts in Family and Community Services online program allowed Brandi, a first generation college student, to finish a degree at her own pace.

Brittany Smith

Master of Arts in Family and Community Services '16

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.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 36
  • Estimated program cost: $21,239.64*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

An online master’s degree in family and community service from MU can help you manage and evaluate programs, deliver programs for children and families, and provide leadership in social service agencies. If you want to work with children, youth, adults and families in community agency settings, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Administrative Services Managers

Potential careers

  • Social or community service manager
  • Health educator or community health worker
  • Certified Family Life Educator

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two to three years.

Learning objectives

  • Understand individual, family, interpersonal and community dynamics across the life span.
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to the design, implementation and sustainability of family and community programming.
  • Develop essential knowledge and skills for leadership and management of family and community programs.

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. Learn more

This program is administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science.