Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science: Family and Community Services

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The Masters of Science degree in Family and Community Services is an online 36 credit hour graduate program offered by the Department of Human Development and Family Science. The program focuses on the development and implementation of public, private, and voluntary support services for individuals, families, and communities. This program prepares individuals to function in a variety of occupations promoting family life, and family/community well-being.

The MS in Family and Community Services provides the opportunity to complete a master’s degree from a top tier university with courses taught by some of the best HDFS Graduate Faculty in the nation. Because it is online, the program also provides flexible schedules to meet your busy lifestyle.
 

Requirements:

The MS in Family and Community Services requires the completion of 36 credit hours, including 30 credits of core courses, 3 hours of elective hours, and 3 hours of non-thesis creative component credits. 

Program Core Credits:

HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in Human Development and Family Science
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 5553: Perspectives on Parenting and Parent Education
HDFS 5713: Individual and Family Resource Management
HDFS 5753: Leadership and Management of Community Service Programs
HDFS 5913: Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services
HDFS 5923: Dynamics of Family Interaction
HDFS 5160: Master’s Creative Component
3 credits of elective courses in the discipline

Course Descriptions

HDFS 5173
Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation in Human Development and Family Science. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS GPIDEA Graduate Program. An exploration of the principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of family and community programs. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5213
Human Development in the Context of Family and Community
. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS GPIDEA Graduate Program. An examination of human development including the cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and moral domains from both a lifespan and a bio-ecological perspective. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5223
Resilience in Individuals and Families.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS GPIDEA Graduate Program. Exploration of resilience approaches to the study of families and human development across the life cycle. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5443
Interpersonal Relationships
. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS GPIDEA Graduate Program. An examination of interpersonal relationships in context, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, and relationship processes. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5543
Coping with Family Crises.
Strategies for helping families deal with various family crises including illness, death and divorce. Focus on dealing with these from a family systems approach.

HDFS 5553
Perspectives on Parenting and Parent Education.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Parent-child relations, parenting strategies, and other major components of empirically validated parent education programs that lead to certification. Supervised practice.

HDFS 5713
Individual and Family Resource Management
. Survey course of personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of how individuals and family members develop and exercise their capacity to obtain and manage resources to meet life needs. Resources include the self, other people, time, money, energy, material assets, space, and environment. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5753
Leadership and Management of Community Service Programs
. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS GPIDEA Graduate Program. An examination of leadership and management concepts related to the effective administration of community-based agencies. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5913
Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services
. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the HDFS Great Plains IDEA Graduate Program. An introduction to the field of family science and related professions that involve working with individuals and families in communities. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5923
Dynamics of Family Interaction.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Great Plains IDEA Graduate Program. An examination of theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention. Web-based instruction.

HDFS 5160
Master's Creative Component
. 1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 5253, 5293, 5513 or 5523 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Creative application of student's knowledge to solve a problem of interest in HDFS.

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Contact Information:

Susan Malec
Coordinator, Distance Education Support Services
101 Human Sciences
405-744-4582
susan.malec@okstate.edu

Shiretta Ownbey, Ph.D
Graduate Program Coordinator
shiretta.ownbey@okstate.edu