Master of Arts in Family Studies

The Family Studies program offers a master’s degree in Family Studies. The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Family Studies is an advanced educational track in early childhood, human development, interpersonal relations, and family studies. Graduates of the program may enter a variety of human services vocations and/or pursue further advanced degrees in human and family development including early childhood, adolescence, marriage and geriatrics.

The Family Studies program focuses on basic human developmental and behavioral characteristics of the individual within the context of the family system. The curriculum includes instruction in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the life span; and the study of family systems.

The curriculum is designed to prepare the candidate to pursue doctoral studies in related areas to become educators and researchers. The Family Studies program also provides an advanced educational track for the candidate who wishes to seek employment in the non-clinical areas of social service delivery, research, family policy and family law, parenting and family life education, health and well-being, prevention and program evaluation. The curriculum covers theory, research and practice with individuals and families across the life span. The curriculum strives to address diversity, power, privilege and social justice with the goal of creating an environment that welcomes and provides mentorship to a diverse student body by a diverse group of faculty and instructors.

Admission to the Program

Application deadlines are listed online.

All potential candidates will be required to attend an interview with one of the faculty members in the Department of Family Therapy and Social Work. Candidates will be notified about interviews shortly after the application deadline.

The MA in Family Studies requires completion of a minimum of 33 credits. Candidates must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 and pass a comprehensive examination and/or master's thesis at the end of the program.

Students are required to complete the following courses:

PY 0433Behavioral Statistics3
PY 0475Program Evaluation3
PY 0571Research in Psychology3
Select 8 courses from the following, in consultation with advisor:24
Social Justice and Diversity in Professional Practice
Lifespan Human Development
Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictions
Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health
Divorce, Single-Parenting, and Remarriage
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Intervention in Structural and Strategic Family Therapy
Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy
Research in Marriage and Family Therapy
Advanced Interventions in Family Therapy
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Family Therapy
Couples Therapy
Special Topics in Family Therapy (Shell)
FT 0099Comprehensive Exam in Marriage and Family Therapy0
Total Credits33