Curriculum

Graduate Certificate - Human Services Administration

The 12-credit online Human Services Administration graduate certificate is offered by the University of Missouri, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, and Michigan State University. It includes three core courses and a choice of one elective.

Core Courses

This course introduces students to the grant development and management process. This course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management; it is intended to give students confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Students learn and use professional writing skills throughout the course.
This course introduces students to the development, administration, and management of youth, family, and community service organizations. It includes special focus on the roles and responsibilities of administrators and managers.
This course is an overview of the program development process and outcome evaluation of community, children, and family programs. Students develop knowledge through participating in a community-based project involving the practical application of program design and evaluation methods.

Elective Courses

Choose one of these recommended courses.

In this course, students explore the evolution of a resilience approach to the study of families and human development across the life cycle.
This course provides students with resources related to managing stress and coping with crises across the lifespan to use in their own lives and the lives of families they serve. Students learn about the biopsychosocial nature of stress; methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and conflict; and models of effective family functioning in the presence of stress and crises.
Students examine theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention.
Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2023-2024: $600
2024-2025: $610
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Average time to complete:
Master's degree: 27 months or less
Graduate certificate: 6-12 months

36 Hours


12 Hours

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Hannah Adame's headshotAs a full-time high school Ag teacher, FFA Advisor, and two-sport coach, I excelled in the flexibility and structure of the Great Plains IDEA program. This program has allowed me to balance my school workload with my profession and responsibilities at the school. I have also benefited from the ability to apply what I am learning to my classroom and have shared my teaching experiences with classmates to create an integrated, immersive learning experience for others and myself.

– – Hannah Adame, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Graduate,
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