Family & Community Services, MS

Master of Science Degree in Family and Community Services

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $590.00
  • $590.00

Program Overview

The online Family and Community Services, MS program focuses on the development and implementation of public, private and voluntary support services for individuals, families and localities.

Students of the online Family and Community Services, MS program gain:

  • A research-based perspective to understand individual, family, interpersonal and community dynamics across the lifespan.
  • Knowledge and skills related to the design, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of family and community service programs.
  • Essential knowledge and skills for leadership and management of family and community service programs.
  • Knowledge of the impact of diversity in the delivery of family and community services in a global social context.
  • A commitment to practicing professional and ethical responsibility.

Career Outlook: The Family and Community Services, MS program prepares individuals to function in a variety of occupations promoting family life and family/community development. Students in this program will also enhance their skills as human service professionals worldwide. 

Career options may include: 

  • Army Community Services
  • Pre/Post Deployment Assistance
  • Family Advocacy Program
  • Child Development Centers
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Crisis Center

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of Professional Goals and Resume

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  3. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  4. Apply and be admitted to the department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 838Parenting Education3
An examination of theories, models, research, and skills related to parenting and parent education.
CYAF 869Administration and Program Management3
Introduction to the development, administration and management of youth-serving organizations.
CYAF 859Interpersonal Relationships3
In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships.
CYAF 856Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Service3
An introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with families and communities.
CYAF 849Resilience in Families3
Exploration of resilience approaches to the study of families and human development across the life cycle.
CYAF 854Family Dynamics3
An examination of theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention.
CYAF 853Crises Across the Lifespan3
The purpose of this course is to provide students with resources related to managing stress and coping with crises across the lifespan that can be utilized in both their own lives and the lives of those families they serve. Students will be introduced to the bio-psychosocial nature of stress; methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and conflict; models of effective family functioning in the presence of stress and crises; and the current literature on how families cope with a variety of life transitions and crises.
CYAF 873Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation3
This course is an overview of the program development process and outcome evaluation of community, children, and family programs. Modes of outcome scholarship and their implications for community-based programs are discussed. Students will develop knowledge through participating in a community-based project involving the practical application of program design and evaluation methods.
CYAF 857Family Resource Management3
Survey of current personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of current consumer finance research from multiple perspectives.
CYAF 827Lifespan Development3
Human development from both lifespan and bio-ecological perspectives focusing on major theories of development and current research on micro-macro relationship.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Rochelle Dalla, Ph.D.

Rochelle Dalla is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Trafficking (JHT), an international journal devoted to the dissemination of scholarship on all issues related to trafficking in persons—from prevention and intervention to protection, prosecution and partnership. Her professional interests center on marginalized female populations, and her research is aimed at providing these women voice as well as visibility.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.