Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2019-2020: $580

Average time to complete: 26 months

36 Hours

The Great Plains IDEA Family and Community Services 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
  • Cultivate strengths of individuals and families
  • Recognize the role of diversity (e.g., racial/ethnic, military, religious) in family and community dynamics
  • Understand the unique strengths and challenges of military life

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

While this degree program does not lead to licensure, students may take the certification exam to become a certified family life educator.

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?  Visit our Getting Started page to learn what to do next. 

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ section of the website.

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 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. Rachel Ohmes
Meagan Rau
Karla Sisco
Aimee Maher
University of Missouri
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.

– – Casey Colin, Dietetics Graduate