MA in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Family and Community Services

The mission of the Human Development and Family Science Master’s degree emphasis in Family and Community Sciences may be summed up in three words – Understand, Deliver, Manage. The goal of the Family and Community Services online MA option in Human Development and Family Science 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.

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Degree Requirements

The Family and Community Services 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 a 3 credit internship, 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.

Required Courses
H_D_FS 7600Resilience in Families3
H_D_FS 7640Interpersonal Relationships3
H_D_FS 7650Family Crisis Intervention3
H_D_FS 7690Family Resource Management3
H_D_FS 8012Family Dynamics and Intervention3
H_D_FS 8100Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services3
H_D_FS 8510Parenting Education3
H_D_FS 8520Lifespan Development3
H_D_FS 8235Administration and Program Management3
H_D_FS 8238Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation3
Independent Effort
H_D_FS 8972Internship in Human Development and Family Science1-99
or Graduate Examination*
Suggested Electives
H_D_FS 7233Basic Grant Development and Management3
H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science (Families in Poverty)1-99
H_D_FS 8234Adolescents and their Families3

 No credit offered for the exam.


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School website for the minimum qualifications for the degree program and 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 Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.

To inquire about this program, please contact:
The Department of Human Development and Family Science
102 Gwynn Hall
(573) 882-4035 

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