The College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University is a member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Great Plains IDEA is a consortium of universities that can help you reach your goals through on-line education. Working together, the Great Plains IDEA developed an internet-based curriculum that allows you to do course work at your convenience. The courses in each program are semester-based and asynchronous, meaning you will not have to be on your computer at a specific time or day during the week. Instructors will set specific due dates for assignments; however, your work may be submitted anytime during the week up to the deadline.

OSU currently offers five online master of science degrees through the Great Plains IDEA. The degree programs are: M.S. in Design, Housing and Merchandising with an emphasis in Retail Merchandising Leadership; M.S. in Nutritional Sciences with emphasis in Dietetics;  M.S. in Family Financial Planning; M.S. in Human Development and Family Science with emphasis in Gerontology; and M.S. in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Family and Community Services.

Students select OSU as their home institution where they will enroll in all courses through the OSU Great Plains IDEA Coordinator; although, some courses may be taught at a participating university. At the end of each semester, grades are reported on each student's transcript at OSU. Students do not have to request transcripts from the teaching institution.

Admission to one of the online programs is facilitated in coordination with the Oklahoma State University Graduate College and the College of Human Sciences. Students may apply for admission to any of the online programs in fall, spring or summer. In order to allow faculty reviewers time to review your application, is is advisable to send your application materials three months prior to the start of a term when you wish to begin a program.

By agreement, the cost of the program is a common fixed tuition for all students at all institutions participating in Great Plains IDEA. For the academic year 2016-2017, the tuition is $545 per credit hour (or $1,635 per course). This cost is the same for both resident and non-resident students. Aside from the cost of books and course material, which will vary by course, no other fees are assessed.

For further information, please contact:

Susan Malec
Coordinator, Distance Education Support Services
101 Human Sciences