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Oklahoma State University

Family and Community Services – Master of Science

This program is offered online only.


Family and Community Services is an online graduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration on The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA) Family and Community Services Program. Students in this program will demonstrate:

  • 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

Degree Requirements

36 credit hours

Core Courses (30 credits of core courses)

  • HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in HDFS
  • HDFS 5213: Human Development in the Context of Family and Community
  • HDFS 5223: Resilience in Individuals and Families
  • HDFS 5443: Interpersonal Relationships
  • HDFS 5543: Coping with Family Crises
  • HDFS 5273: Parent Education and Developmental Assessment
  • HDFS 5713: Individual and Family Resource Management
  • HDFS 5753: Leadership and Management of Community Service Programs
  • HDFS 5913: Foundations and Principles of Community Service Programs
  • HDFS 5923: Dynamics of Family Interaction

Outside Electives (3 credit hours; approved by advisor)

  • Students work with their advisor to choose at least one elective appropriate to their career goals. Students choosing to complete a thesis may select three hours of thesis as their elective.

Creative Component (3 hours)

  • HDFS 5160: Master’s Creative Component