Family and community services

Master of arts University of Missouri
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An online master’s degree in family and community service from Mizzou can help you empower communities and families. 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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of arts in human development and family science with an emphasis in family and community services


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

Family and community professional working in the community.

Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Social or community service manager
  • Health educator or community health worker
  • Certified Family Life Educator
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Employment growth
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Median salary

Program structure

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.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 or 3 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester

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


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Learn more about this program

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