Master of Science in Family and Community Services

There is no greater calling than working to improve the lives of children and families! The Master of Science in Family and Community Services at the University of North Alabama is a 31-semester-hour fully online program. It teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the quality of life for children and families and to serve as effective leaders in various social service agencies, including those focused on prevention, outreach, and education.


Time to Complete:
As few as 2 years


100% Online


Master of Science

Why North Alabama?

As one of the oldest state universities in the region that offers various doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees, UNA has been educating students not only from the region but also from all over the world through its award-winning on-campus and online programs.

As a fully online program, UNA's M.S. in Family and Community Services offers all students affordable in-state tuition and the opportunity to advance their careers without ever stepping foot on campus or in the physical classroom. Even if you are already working full time, managing family responsibilities, or living out of state, you can fit our fully online program into your schedule and pursue a graduate degree in Family Science.

Program Requirements

Elective Courses of Study

(12 hours of the following or advisor approved graduate course work)

Total Hours 31


In our Master of Science in Family and Community Services program at the University of North Alabama, you will learn from a vibrant and dedicated group of faculty members, with real-world experiences, academic achievements, and publishing credits.

The faculty dedicated to the program include:

What can I do with a Master of Science in Family and Community Services

UNA's M.S. in Family and Community Services program boasts an extremely high rate of post-graduation “job placement” in the related fields. Our graduates hold various titles including Parent Educator, Family Case Manager, Family Life Coach, Family Engagement Specialist (FES), Quality Assurance (QA) Care Manager, Financial Stability Coach, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Youth Advocate, etc., all to serve in their communities as highly regarded professionals.

Human Services

Working in community-based social services (e.g., child welfare, youth development, foster care and adoption, public health, job-training) or faith-based organizations.


Working with family life education programs, marriage and family enrichment organizations, child development centers, or cooperative extension agencies.

Policy & Law

Working in criminal justice settings, juvenile service settings, domestic violence shelters, and child and adult protective services.

Communications & Business

Working in criminal justice settings, juvenile service settings, domestic violence shelters, and child and adult protective services.

For more information, refer to these resources from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR):

Accelerated and Joint Degree Programs

Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) offers qualified UNA undergraduate students the opportunity to enroll in graduate coursework that can be applied concurrently to an undergraduate and graduate degree. Current undergraduate Psychology or Sociology majors at UNA who are interested in pursuing a Masters in Family and Community Services are encouraged to apply.

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Joint Curriculum Two Degrees Program – MBA and MS in Family and Community Services

The Joint Curriculum Two Degrees Program allows qualified students to earn a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in Family and Community Services simultaneously. Qualified students who are interested in working in business, consumer, and family resources services are encouraged to take advantage of this interdisciplinary program. (Students must apply and be admitted to both programs. 45 credit hours are required to complete both degrees.)

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the Master of Science in Family and Community Services requires the following:

  1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution that meets the general admission requirements for graduate study at UNA.
  2. Scholastic achievement: A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required on undergraduate work.
  3. Test score: Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was earned and have a 3.3 or higher overall undergraduate GPA, may seek to waive the test score requirement by contacting the Graduate Program Coordinator. All other applicants must submit satisfactory scores prior to admission on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); recommended minimum score of 388 on the MAT or a minimum GRE score of 146 on the Verbal and 140 on the Quantitative portions of the exam.
  4. Formal cover letter: As part of the application process, applicants must submit a formal cover letter. The cover letter should include the applicant’s academic preparation for the MS program, related professional experience in the field of study, and skill sets the applicant will bring to the program. Long-term professional goals should be outlined in the cover letter.
  5. A sample of academic writing: (e.g., class paper, term paper, graduation thesis, etc.) with proper in-text and reference citations in an established academic format such as APA, ASA or MLA. Applicants who do not have an appropriate writing sample will be asked to complete a Mock Writing Assignment. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information about the professional writing sample.
  6. References: Three reference persons who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities and success potential in our Master’s program must complete the Recommendation for Admission form. The form can be accessed through the online admissions system. References must not be coworkers, friends, or related to the applicant. References should mostly consist of current or former faculty instructors who taught a course in a related social science field that the applicant has taken at an accredited institution of higher education. One of the references may include a work supervisor, if the supervisor possesses an advanced academic degree in the profession or a related field (e.g., Ed.D., MA/MS, MSW, Ph.D.). Unless pre-approved by the departmental admission committee, references that do not include the applicant’s current or former faculty instructor will not be considered complete.
  7. International Credentials: Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree or the equivalent from an institution outside the United States of America must submit a WES, ECE, or other approved international credential evaluation.

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Tuition and Aid

Online: $495 per credit hour plus fees.

New students enrolled in any online bachelor’s degree, graduate program (online or on-campus), certificate, or micro-credential will automatically qualify and receive a complimentary first course tuition scholarship when enrolled in two or more courses their first semester. 

Tuition Cost

Master of Science in Family and Community Services

Online: $495 per credit hour for 31 credit hours

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