Master of Science in Family & Community Services (Great Plains IDEA)
South Dakota State University

Program Details

South Dakota State, along with partners of the Great Plains IDEA, offers this online MS in Family & Community Services.  Whether you want to expand your professional skills or continue your education to serve others within your community, this degree can help you advance your career.  It offers you the flexibility to learn remotely, in a 100% online environment, and, as an advanced degree, supports careers in:  counseling, nonprofits, child development centers, military services, county and state agencies and more.  You’ll gain insight into family and community dynamics, helping individuals and families strengthen.  Curriculum and electives likely include:

  • Principles and Strategies of Community Change
  • Community and Natural Resource Management
  • Evaluation of Organizations and Programs
  • Grantwriting


Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission