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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.

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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.


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.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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