• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $551.51
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $551.51

An online masters 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. 

Potential careers:

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

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.

This program is offered as part of Great Plains IDEA, which 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.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test).
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. Resumé or CV documenting your research and/or professional experience.
  7. Statement of purpose outlining your career goals.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We require you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall
July 1
Spring
December 1
Summer
April 15

Courses

Core
  • H_D_FS 7233Basic Grant Development and Management3 Credits

    This course introduces students to grant development and management. This short-course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management, but it will help students gain confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 7575MU Youth Development Academy: Positive Youth Development in Practice3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ESC_PS 4575). This course prepares students to apply principles of positive youth development to practice, including leading youth programs, developing organizational and community systems that support youth, and engaging others to create positive environments in which youth ages 5-19 grow, thrive, and make successful transitions to adulthood. Course topics include ages and stages of development, experiential learning, program planning, diversity and inclusion, youth/adult partnerships, volunteer systems, risk management, community partnerships, and creating environments for healthy relationships. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: restricted to graduate students (Master's and PhD). Recommended: Prior course work in education, human development, family studies, sociology, social work, or other child and youth-related programs is highly preferred.

  • H_D_FS 7600Resilience in Families3 Credits

    Exploration of the evolution of a resilience approach to the study of families and human development. Using a lifespan approach, students will explore resilience across time as well as within special populations such as families experiencing crisis and trauma, culturally diverse families, and military families. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 7640Interpersonal Relationships3 Credits

    In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships. Students will also be introduced to the field of close relationships.

  • H_D_FS 7650Family Crisis Intervention3 Credits

    Individuals and families in crises are examined. Focus is on grief and loss, substance abuse, family violence, and suicidal ideation. Examination of evidence-based preventions and treatments and community resources for those affected by stress, trauma, and crises. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 7690Family Resource Management3 Credits

    Survey course of personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of how individual and family members develop and exercise their capacity to obtain and manage resources to meet life needs. Resources include the self, other people, time, money, energy, material assets, space, and environment. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 8012Family Dynamics and Intervention*3 Credits

    (same as NURSE 8010). Theories of family function and dysfunction; techniques of assessment; models of family intervention. Practicum with selected families. Prerequisite: NURSE 7100.

  • H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Families in Poverty3 Credits

    Seminar in selected topics in human development and family science.

  • H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: NGO's and Families3 Credits

    Seminar in selected topics in human development and family science.

  • H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Transitions to Adulthood3 Credits

    Seminar in selected topics in human development and family science.

  • H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science: Working with Military Families3 Credits

    Seminar in selected topics in human development and family science.

  • H_D_FS 8100Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services*3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with individuals and families in communities. This course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge that students will need in the Great Plains IDEA family and Community Services program. This course is organized around theory, research, and practice of Family Studies. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 8234Adolescents and their Families3 Credits

    This course explores adolescent development in the context of the family. The bi-directional influences between adolescents and their families will be examined. Implications for professionals working with youth and families will be explored and highlighted. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8235Administration and Program Management3 Credits

    This course introduces students to the development, administration and management of youth-serving organizations. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8237Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth3 Credits

    This course examines the cultural contexts that affect youth from within and outside the family. Students will study social, ethnic, and educational processes that affect youth, and they will examine how history has shaped the current cultural climate of the U.S. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8238Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation3 Credits

    The course will discuss program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation. This course will focus on planning, designing logic models, and evaluating program. Students will evaluate a community-based project. Prerequisite: graduate standing required. Priority given to students in the Great Plains Idea Group master's and certificate programs.

  • H_D_FS 8510Parenting Education3 Credits

    Study of theories, models, research and skills regarding parenting effectiveness and parent-child relations in the context of Western and Eastern cultures. Included are comparisons of the relative strengths and weaknesses of various parenting approaches, historical perspective on parenthood and children, parenting roles, strategies for contemporary parenting, developmental interaction from infancy through adulthood and selected special concerns of parents. A Bio-Ecological Systems approach will be utilized in this course. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 8520Lifespan Development3 Credits

    This course covers the human development including the cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and moral domains from both a lifespan and a bio-ecological perspective. Course content focuses on the major theories of development as well as current research on the micro-macro interrelationship. Students who complete this course will have a better understanding of individual human developmental processes and their relationship with context and within family and community matters. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • H_D_FS 8972Internship in Human Development and Family Science3 Credits

    Internships and/or field training experiences under supervision. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $551.51
  • Fees: $13.49
  • Total: $565.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1654.53
  • Fees: $40.47
  • Total: $1695.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $551.51
  • Fees: $13.49
  • Total: $565.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1654.53
  • Fees: $40.47
  • Total: $1695.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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