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Human & Family Services Administration, 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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The online Human and Family Services Administration, MS program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and the broad-based skills necessary for the development, administration and management of human services organizations.

Students gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Family Functioning including principles of family theory, contemporary research and working with diverse populations.
  • Program design and evaluation including fundraising, grant writing, data collection, measuring outcomes and cost effectiveness of interventions.
  • Professional issues including ethical and legal issues and a professional internship.
  • Administration and management skills and knowledge in the areas of human resources, program management and public policy.

As a graduate of this program, students will be prepared, through practical knowledge and skill-building to design, administer and manage programs, agencies and organizations that shape community impact.

Career Outlook: This unique program is appropriate for anyone interested in advancing their career within the human services industry, such as:

  • Full-time professionals who want to advance their careers by moving from positions such as direct care staff, caseworkers, program managers and care providers to program directors, agency directors, executive directors, etc.
  • Field professionals seeking increased understanding of the most effective methods of agency administration.
  • Individuals who are interested in blending family-related expertise with the administrative expertise needed to manage human service organizations
  • Individuals who hold Bachelor's Degrees in family sciences, business, psychology, sociology or related fields.
  • Professionals who have new ideas but need the skills necessary to manage agencies such as nonprofit organizations, foster care agencies, early childhood intervention agencies, after school programs, and adolescent intervention programs.
  • Military personnel who are seeking a post-military career in Human and Family Services Administration.

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 GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Statement of Professional Goals and Resume

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. 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.

Program of Study:

  • Family Content Courses - CYAF 972, 893 and 985
  • Program Design, Evaluation & Research Courses - CYAF 873 and 866
  • Administration & Management Courses - PA 8050, 8400 or 8480, 8550 and 8580 or 8410 or 8090
  • Professional Issues Course - CYAF 897D or PA 8470 or 8100
  • Capstone - PA 8990 or CYAF 996

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 866Family Professionals as Consumers of Research3

Course Number: CYAF 866

Elements of conducting and reporting research and various research designs. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Skills required to effectively evaluate the quality of research reports and how to apply findings to practices in education, counseling, and family policy.

CYAF 873Program Design, Evaluation, & Implementation3

Course Number: CYAF 873

Overview of program development process and outcome evaluation of community children and family programs. Theoretical, methodological and programmatic issues in conducting programs and scholarship. Distance education course delivered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

CYAF 893Special Topics in Contemporary Family Issues1-3

Course Number: CYAF 893

Current issues such as debt management, gender and family, low-income families, retirement planning, work and family, mothering, fathering, housing. Topics vary.

CYAF 895Special Topics in Family/Cultural Diversity3

Course Number: CYAF 895

Current topics related to diverse populations, e.g., religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity. Topics vary.

CYAF 897DCommunity Internships in Child, Youth and Family Studies1-6

Course Number: CYAF 897D

Prereq: 12 hrs CYAF and/or related social sciences Fieldwork in agencies serving children, youth and families.

CYAF 972Theories of Human Development & Family3

Course Number: CYAF 972

Theoretical basis of child study and family analysis. Critical evaluation of methods and theories in child development, family relations, and human development from an integrative and holistic perspective.

CYAF 996Scholarly Practice and Discovery1 - 6

Course Number: CYAF 996

Prereq: Permission Investigation related to family and consumer sciences.

PA 8050Foundations in Public Service3

Course Number: PA 8050

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration. Prereq: N/A Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3

Course Number: PA 8090

Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.

PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Non-Profit Professionals3

Course Number: PA 8100

This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change.

PA 8106Fund Raising in Public and Non Profit Organizations3

Course Number: PA 8106

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of fund raising methods, provide the context in which these methods might be used, and provide an understanding of how fund raising operates within public and not-for-profit organizations. Prereq: Graduate standing and permission of instructor, PA 8010, and PA 8090; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8400Public Budgeting3

Course Number: PA 8400

The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8410Public Human Resource Management3

Course Number: PA 8410

A study of the personnel process in American governmental administration. The processes and problems of recruiting, structuring and operating public bureaucracies are examined as well as problems in personnel leadership, neutrality, accountability and performance. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8470Administrative Ethics and Leadership3

Course Number: PA 8470

Ethical action and effective leadership are especially important in public service and they are closely related. This course introduces students to concepts from public sector ethics and from leadership theory. Emphasis is placed on decision-making processes, relationships between public and nonprofit sector professionals and elected officials and citizens, and the role of the career public service professional in a democratic society. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8480Seminar in Public Finance Administration3

Course Number: PA 8480

The study of public finance administration policy and techniques areas. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of public finance administration with particular emphasis on the purposes, processes and issues associated with particular techniques or technique areas. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with AVN-8480.)

PA 8500Issues in Public-Private Cooperation3

Course Number: PA 8500

This course introduces students to the organization and processes, as well as the tools and techniques, of public-private sector cooperation. The objective of such a course is to familiarize students with the concepts and skills needed to develop and administer joint activities between the public and private sectors. Such cooperative activies have become an important aspect of public administration in recent years. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, & PA 8090 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8580Management and Administration of Nonprofit Organizations3

Course Number: PA 8580

General content course focusing on management and administrative issues relating to nonprofit organizations. Administrative structure and other subjects related to the difference between nonprofit and for-profit organizations will be addressed. Subjects will include constituencies, boards, strategic planning, marketing, financial management, human resources, volunteer management, and resource development. Prereq: Graduate standing and permission of adviser; PA 8050; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

PA 8990Capstone Project3

Course Number: PA 8990

This course is designed as a doctoral seminar that surveys the development of public administration from its earliest antecedents to the present day, taking both a historical and topical approach. Prereq: Admission into the doctoral program or permission. Not open to nondegree students

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $652.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $704.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1956.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2112.75

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