University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Education and Human Sciences

Human & Family Services Administration, M.S.



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Child, Youth & Family Studies: Specialization in Human & Family Services Administration, M.S.

Format: Online

Program Description:

Designed to provide you with the comprehensive understanding and broad-based skills necessary for the development, administration and management of human service organizations. The online Human and Family Services Administration program combines expertise in family studies with business skills required for administrative positions:

Family Functioning: principles of family theory, contemporary research, and working with diverse populations

Program Design and Evaluation: fund-raising, grant-writing, data collection, measuring outcomes and cost effectiveness of interventions, and program design and development

Professional Issues: ethical and legal issues, and a professional internship

Administration and Management Skills and Knowledge: human resources, program management and public policy

The program combines the excellence of 2 NU campuses:

The Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYAF) Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the "home" campus so you will apply and be admitted to UNL.

The School of Public Administration (PA) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Advance your career within the human services industry:

Full-time professionals who want to advance their career by moving from positions such as direct care staff, case workers, program managers and care providers to program directors, agency directors, executive directors, etc.

Field professionals seeking increased understanding of the most effective methods of agency administration.

Individuals interested in blending family related expertise with the administrative expertise needed to manage human service organizations.

Individuals who hold Bachelor's Degrees in family sciences, business, psychology, sociology or related fields.

Professionals who have new ideas but need the skills necessary to manage agencies such as nonprofit organizations, foster care agencies, early childhood intervention agencies, after school programs, and adolescent intervention programs.

Military personnel who are seeking a post-military career in Human and Family Services Administration.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913.

International Student Requirements:

If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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