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 By learning to understand these dynamics through Human Sciences - Family and Community Services (online) course at South Dakota State University , you will be prepared to assist families, communities and businesses and educate them in available resources.

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What if you understood people more easily? What if you learned how to provide others with what they need, how to navigate conflict and negotiate, and how to manage others effectively? An important role of social services is equipping individuals and their families to succeed in interpersonal relationships in order to achieve positive outcomes working and living within their communities. Communities need communicators with passion, skill and relatability to thrive. 

Earning a master’s degree in Human Sciences - Family and Community Services (online) course at  South Dakota State University  will provide you the flexibility to choose your future. Graduates work in community/agency settings, non-profit, governmental, and other entities that require advanced skills in leadership and organization.

Career Opportunities

  • County extension offices
  • Army community services
  • Family advocacy programs
  • Child development centers
  • Consumer credit counseling services
  • Emergency shelters
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Crisis centers
  • United Way

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  •  Foundations and Principles of Community Service 
  • Parenting 
  • Family Resiliency
  • Program Administration and Management 
  • Family Resource Management 
  • Family Dynamics
  • Lifespan Development 
  • Crises Across the Lifespan

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applicants to the FCS/ADW programs must submit the documents below by April 1 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission.




36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply to the Graduate School at least two months before the FCS/ADW deadline to allow for processing
  • The minimum GPA to apply is 2.75, however a 3.0 or higher is desired
  • GRE is not required
  • Resume
  • A one page, typed goal statement explaining your professional goals and how completion of this degree will assist you in meeting those goals
  • Three letters of recommendation prepared within the past year; one letter must come from an academic professor.

Tuition Fee

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    465 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 465 USD per credit and a duration of  .


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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