MA in Human Development and Family Studies with Emphasis in Family and Community Services (Great Plains IDEA)

The mission of the new Human Development and Family Studies Master’s degree emphasis in Family and Community Sciences (Great Plains IDEA) may be summed up in three words – Understand, Deliver, Manage. The goal of the new Family and Community Services (Great Plains IDEA) online MA option in Human Development and Family Studies is to create alumni capable of Understanding family, interpersonal, and community dynamics in order to help individuals and their families through education, resource management, and effective service delivery. In addition, graduates of this degree option will acquire knowledge and skills in program and agency management.

The Family and Community Services (Great Plains IDEA) MA emphasis consists of 36 credit hours, including the 10 core courses shown below. For the remaining 6 credits students may choose from: (a) 6 credits of electives and a capstone examination, (b) 3 credits of electives and internship for 3 credits, or (c) 6 credits of an internship. Elective courses will be offered annually. Exams and internships will include an independently produced paper and an oral examination by the student’s MA committee.

For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School’s website for the minimum qualifications for the degree program and the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.