Child, Youth & Family Studies: Specialization in Family & Community Services
M.S. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: Family and Community Studies Program Type: International

This degree focuses on the development and implementation of public, private, and voluntary support services for individuals, families, and localities.

This program prepares you to demonstrate:

  • Research-based perspectives to understand individual, family, interpersonal and community dynamics across the lifespan
  • Knowledge and skills related to the design, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of family and community service programs
  • Essential knowledge and skills for leadership and management of family and community service programs
  • Knowledge of the impact of diversity in delivery of family and community services in a global society context

Tuition & Fees For Family & Community Service

Great Plains IDEA Program »

This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate or receive a certificate from UNL.

View GPIDEA Family & Community Services information.

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

This master’s degree program requires 30 credit hours plus 6 credit hours of electives, supervised project, and/or internship as determined by your home institution, for a total of 36 credit hours.

Online courses are taught by the best faculty in the discipline from several universities including:

  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • University of Missouri
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University

Courses are offered over a 3 year period, with participating institutions sharing the teaching responsibilities for each course.

The actual course titles may vary from institution to institution. The degree awarding institution is responsible for placement of students for practicum and internship experiences.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.

Career Opportunities

Our degree program prepares you to function in a variety of occupations promoting family life and family/community development. You'll gain essential skills and knowledge to work in a variety of settings on or off military installations:

  • County Extension Services
  • Army Community Services
  • Pre/Post Deployment Assistance
  • Family Advocacy Programs
  • Child Development Centers
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Crisis Centers
  • United Way and Similar Organizations


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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