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Why study Family and Community Services online through OSU?

The Family and Community Services master’s degree will provide you with a well-rounded curriculum focused on understanding family and community dynamics, delivering quality services and managing programs. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, such as family advocacy programs, child development centers, county extension offices, non-profit agencies and more. You can enjoy a flexible schedule to accommodate your busy lifestyle while completing a master’s degree from a top-tier university with courses taught by outstanding graduate faculty.


The 36-hour master’s program is offered 100-percent online and can be completed at your desired pace. Courses are semester-based and coursework must be completed to meet assignment deadlines. Typically, students complete the master's program in three years, taking one or two courses a semester.



The curriculum includes student learning outcomes including: designing and delivering quality community programming; empowering families during times of transition or stress; cultivating strengths of individuals and families; recognizing the role of diversity in family and community dynamics; and understanding the unique strengths and challenges of military life.


While this degree program does not lead to licensure, students may take the certification exam to become a certified family life educator.


Course information



Family at the dinner table

Students may apply in fall, spring or summer. It is recommended that application materials be submitted at least three months prior to the preferred starting term.


To apply to the Family and Community Services, M.S. program submit the following:

  • Graduate College application 
  • Professional resume
  • Professional goal statement: Describe your professionals goals and explain how completion of the program will support those goals. 
  • Three professional letters of reference on letterhead
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended
  • A GRE test score is not required. 



Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $610
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,830
Estimated total program cost $21,960


Scholarships and Financial Aid

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