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This 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

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

Career Opportunities

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.

Program & Courses

This is a 36 credit hour program taught by faculty from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha.

  • Family Content (9 credit hours)
  • Program Design, Evaluation and Research (9 credit hours)
  • Administration and Management (15 credit hours)
  • Professional Issues (6 credit hours)

Course Requirements

CYAF courses are taught by University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
PA courses are taught by University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Family Content

  • CYAF972: Theories of Human Development & Family
  • CYAF893: Special Topics of Contemporary Family Issues (topics vary)
  • CYAF895: Special Topics in Family/Cultural Diversity (topics vary)

Program Design, Evaluation & Research

  • CYAF873: Program Design, Evaluation & Implementation
  • CYAF866: Research Design and Methods
  • PA8106: Fundraising in Public & Non-Profit Organizations

PA8410: Public Human Resource Management

  • PA8050: Public Administration & Democracy (this is a prerequisite for all PA courses)
  • PA8400: Public Budgeting

OR

  • PA8480 Public Finance Administration
  • PA8550: Introduction to the Non-Profit Sector (Prerequisite to PA8580)
  • PA8580: Management & Administration of Non-Profit Organizations

OR

  • PA8410: Public Human Resource Management

Professional Issues

  • CYAF897: Community Internship
  • PA8470: Administrative Ethics & Leadership

Capstone

  • PA8990: Capstone Project in Public Administration (PA focused students)

OR

  • CYAF996: Scholarly Practice and Discovery (CYAF focused students)

Audience

 


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Application for Graduate Admission$50 non-refundable application processing feeOne set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (seeupload requirements)If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiencyIf you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80 Technological Requirements PC Processor: Core 2 Duo or Equivalent or better Operating System: Windows XP (Home/Professional) or higher Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Java/ Windows Media Player/Acrobat Reader/Flash/Shockwave/Powerpoint Viewer MAC Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better Operating System: OS 10 X Snow Leopard Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher/ Safari 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Quicktime

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid provides information on loans and need-based funds.

Accreditation

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. The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for coordinating University efforts to prepare for the accrediting agency’s periodic site visits and reviews. The university last underwent a comprehensive self-study and site visit during the 2006-07 academic year. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in 2016-17.

UNL’s Statement of Affiliation Status (confirmation of accreditation) can be accessed on the Higher Learning Commission’s website.

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