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 online classes you can complete from any location.  

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

Course topics include:

  • Individual development and family dynamics
  • Social services
  • Community and social economic development
  • Professional opportunities
  • Voluntary sector activities
  • Outreach and community education

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

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

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

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

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


Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2017-2018: $565
2018-2019: $580

36 Hours

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 Mitin
Susan Malec
Tracia Hogue
University of Missouri
Hannah Portwood
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.

– – Jacy Phillips, Early Care for a Mobile Society Graduate