Online Family and Community Services Master's Degree

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2020-2021: $590
2021-2022: $590

Average time to complete: 30 months

36 Hours

The Great Plains IDEA Family and Community Services online master’s degree will provide you with a well-rounded curriculum that focuses on understanding family and community dynamics, delivering quality services, and managing programs.  Our online format allows flexibility by providing 100% online classes you can complete from any location.  

What can I do with this degree?

Earning a master’s degree in family and community services will provide you the flexibility to choose your future.  Graduates of this program work in a variety of settings promoting family life and family/community well-being.

  • County extension offices
  • 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


In this video, instructor Ashlie Lester shares how graduates of this program work to improve communities and families.

What will I learn in this program?

This program will provide you with the skills to:

  • Strengthen your local community by designing and delivering quality programming
  • Empower families during times of transition or stress (e.g., military families, families in poverty, etc.)
  • Cultivate strengths of individuals and families
  • Recognize the role of diversity (e.g., racial/ethnic, military, religious) in family and community dynamics

To see a full list of courses available, visit our interactive Course Planner.

Students may take the certification exam to become a certified family life educator.  Talk to your advisor about appropriate course offerings.

How does this degree program work?

Our program is offered completely online, providing flexibility for busy adults who don’t have access or time to attend on-campus classes.  Visit our How It Works webpage to learn more, or watch this short video.

Ready to get started?  Learn how to apply through Great Plains IDEA.

Still have questions?  Check out our website's FAQ section.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Degree titles vary by university.  Consult each university for the title as it will appear on the diploma.  

Course List for the Master's Degree

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Ashley Schultz
Meagan Rau
Karla Sisco
Aimee Maher
Janice Clawson
Lisa King
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Andrew Carl on duty as a park rangerThe Great Plains IDEA community development program has helped me become a better leader as a park ranger for the National Park Service. The skills I have gained empower me to bring colleagues and community members together toward positive change.

– – Andrew Carl, Community Development Student,
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