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M.S. in Family and Child Sciences

The Master's of Science program focuses on family processes and empirically supported relational interventions. Our research, teaching, and service activities primarily address three areas:

  • Relationship development and enhancement in young adults, couples, and families
  • Distressed families and relational interventions
  • The link between parenting processes and relational outcomes 

Our goal is to prepare students with advanced knowledge to tackle contemporary social problems affecting children, couples, youth, and families and to apply best practice solutions. Some master’s students cap their coursework with an internship and special project. Others complete a research project (thesis) and use this degree as the first step to a doctorate in Human Sciences (with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Science).

Application Process & Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in our program. The curriculum guide and all documents can be found on admissions informationThe Fall 2016 admission deadline will remain 1 July 2016. However, the deadline listed in the 'Admissions Info' document will go into effect after Fall 2016.

Our Master’s degree in FCS does not qualify the graduate to become a licensed MFT or other licensed mental health professional. Most graduates with this degree work in agencies, foundations or government offices that work with families and/or children.

Looking for M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy?

We DO NOT offer a Master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy, and our current Master’s does not prepare students for clinical work. Applicants to our doctoral program in MFT are required to have completed a clinical Master’s degree (preferably from an accredited program) by the time they begin our program.

To locate a Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy:

Go to http://www.aamft.org/ → select 'Accredited MFT Programs' → search using the filters or map. 

A listing of every program in the U.S. and Canada that is accredited by the Commission on Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) will appear at this website.

Current Students

Go to admissions information for detailed instructions on how to register for classes.