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Are you ready for the next level in your family and community services career? Do you feel ready to empower the lives of families and communities—both locally and globally? An online master’s degree in family and community services from Mizzou can help you get there.
With Mizzou’s online master’s degree, learn to 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.
The family and community services online master’s degree will provide you with a well-rounded curriculum that focuses on career applicability—take what you learn and make an impact in your work. By earning a master of arts 100% online with Mizzou, you will enjoy a flexible experience that gives you the power to choose your future.
- 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.
Official nameMaster of arts in human development and family science with an emphasis in family and community services
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeCollege of Education & Human Development | Department of Human Development and Family Science
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
The online master’s in family and community services degree is a broadly applicable program that can lead to many rewarding professions across public, private and nonprofit industries. Career paths include family and community services, integrated family services, child and family studies and more.
Our graduates work in a variety of family and community settings such as:
- Public policy/government agencies
- County extension offices
- Military community services
- Pre/post-deployment assistance
- Family advocacy programs
- Child development centers
- Family advocacy programs
- Social service agencies
- Consumer credit counseling services
- Emergency shelters
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Emergency shelters/crisis centers
- United Way
Job titles of recent graduates:
- Social or community service manager
- Health educator or community health worker
- Certified Family Life Educator
Delivery of the online family and community services master’s program is 100% 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.
Course work includes
- Resilience in families
- Interpersonal relationships
- Family resource management
- Family dynamics and intervention
- Foundations and principles of family and community services
- Lifespan development
- Family crisis intervention
- Parenting education
- Administration and program management
- Program design, implementation and evaluation
Typical program length2 or 3 years
Typical course load1 or 2 classes each semester
Great Plains IDEA
Great Plains IDEA is a consortium of 19 universities offering fully online graduate programs and courses in agriculture and human sciences disciplines. 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. Benefits include an affordable common price, flexible online structure, and learning from faculty and networking with students across the country.
Learn more about Great Plains IDEA:
- How it works
- Tuition and cost
- Mizzou’s member university page
- More Great Plains programs through Mizzou
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.