Online Family & Community Services, MS | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Family & Community Services, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

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
Rochelle Dalla, Ph.D.

Rochelle Dalla is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of 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.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 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:

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

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 827Lifespan Development3

Course Number: CYAF 827

Human development from both lifespan and bio-ecological perspectives focusing on major theories of development and current research on micro-macro relationship.

CYAF 838Parenting Education3

Course Number: CYAF 838

An examination of theories, models, research, and skills related to parenting and parent education.

CYAF 849Resilience in Families3

Course Number: CYAF 849

Exploration of resilience approaches to the study of families and human development across the life cycle.

CYAF 853Crises Across the Lifespan3

Course Number: CYAF 853

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 854Family Dynamics3

Course Number: CYAF 854

An examination of theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention.

CYAF 856Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Service3

Course Number: CYAF 856

An introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with families and communities.

CYAF 857Family Resource Management3

Course Number: CYAF 857

Survey of current personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of current consumer finance research from multiple perspectives.

CYAF 859Interpersonal Relationships3

Course Number: CYAF 859

In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships.

CYAF 869Administration and Program Management3

Course Number: CYAF 869

Introduction to the development, administration and management of youth-serving organizations.

CYAF 873Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation3

Course Number: CYAF 873

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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